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Sale A0322 Lot 55

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BROWN, USA
AN EXTRAORDINARILY RARE CASED .22 MULTI-PUMP PNEUMATIC AIR-PISTOL, MODEL 'STANDARD', serial no. 174,
believed only manufactured in limited numbers during 1939 and retailed through Stoeger Arms, USA, with re-blued 7 1/2in. barrel, rotating tap at breech, plain air-chamber with knurled end-cap, brass pump with bakelite pump-handle to rear, re-blued frame and smooth walnut grips, together with a later oak storage case lined internally in padded pale blue material and complete with a period leather belt holster and a bag of small spare parts, pistol not holding air

Provenance: The Brown 'Standard' air pistol and its even rarer stablemate, the 'Deluxe' (with chequered grips and a 10in. barrel) were produced on a one by one basis to order and retailed through Stoeger Arms in the USA. The pistol uses a unique pump design in that it charges air on both the in and out strokes of the handle. It is believed that the almost amateur system of production caused its early demise, and it only appeared in Stoeger's 1939 catalogue, disappearing by the 1940 edition.
For another example serial no. 125 see these rooms, sale A0617, lot 610



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Estimate £2,800-3,000

Pre-1939




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