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Fine Modern & Antique Arms - July 2022

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Sale A0722 Lot 345

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A DEACTIVATED 7.65mm SEMI-AUTOMATIC PISTOL SIGNED 'MENTA', serial no. 8787, WITH PAPERWORK RELATING TO WINSTON CHURCHILL'S BODYGUARD,
made by Becker & Hollander, Suhl circa 1919, with exposed 3in. barrel, open slide, blued frame and chequered hard-rubber grips, deactivated to current specifications, with certificate and a leather shoulder-holster

Provenance: This pistol comes with an archive of papers including a statement from a Mr R.A. Richards that this pistol was his own property and was lent to Detective Inspector W.H. Thompson, (who was then Winston Churchill's bodyguard) for the years 1940-1945. Mr Richards also acted as Churchill's bodyguard from June 1945 to April 1946, also apparently equipped with this pistol.



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Estimate £1,000-1,500




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