GERMAN WW1 SINGLE BARREL STAR SIGNAL PISTOL
A pair of very rare German Imperial Navy issue brass flare pistols, one S.T. & B. manufacture and one AW.W manufacture (ARSENALWERKSTATTE WILHELMSHAVEN). 1-S.T. & B., flared round bbl with octagonal chamber. Push latch to tip barrel, "22" and "42" stamped inside frame under barrel. Bottom of frame has full serial number 749 and crown/M Imperial Navy proof. Butt of grip frame is marked ST&B 14 (1914). Smooth wooden grips. 2-AW.W manufacture, serial number 74. Flared round barrel with octagonal chamber. Push latch release to tip barrel. Frame well under barrel is marked "74/1". Trigger is numbered 35. Bottom of frame is stamped with Crown/M and M/Anchor (Weimar/early nazi era) and Eagle/M (nazi Kriegsmarine) Navy proof marks. Nordsee Navy inventory number. Nordsee Navy unit marked "N/45" on backstrap. Smooth walnut grips. One of 1000 single barrel signal pistols made by AW.W from 1914-1915 which continued in service through WWII as shown by the rare array of Navy property marks Provenance: The Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. Condition: #1- Fine with minor wear and nicks to brass trigger, hammer and push latch retain 60% blue that has dulled and faded. Bore is lightly worn. Grips have light wear and slight warpage. Mechanics are fine. #2- Fine with light wear and dings overall. Some pitting on metal trigger and hammer. Wood grips have light dings. Bore is lightly worn. Mechanically needs work, the mainspring is missing or broken.