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Subject: WW II German 32 automatic pistol
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: twoputtdog-ga
List Price: $35.00
Posted: 19 Apr 2006 10:23 PDT
Expires: 19 May 2006 10:23 PDT
Question ID: 720642
I would like to know the value of a WWII German 32 Automatic pistol. 
the markings are as follows Fabrique National DeGuerre Hertal Belgique
Browning patent depose. Serial #82497 is present on the body,slide,
receiver and nose cap.The marking WA140 with the German eagle and
swastika are stamped on three places body, receiver and slide. The
initals MR are on the trigger guard. The bluing is 97% intact. Slide
is tight. Two clips with excellent springs. Holster excellent
condition. Pin through leather strap closure. Has exterior pocket for
the second clip. Overall the pistol and holster are in excellent

Request for Question Clarification by tutuzdad-ga on 21 Apr 2006 06:20 PDT
Dear twoputtdog-ga :

I just wanted to let you know that I am trying to make some very
reputable and knowledgeable contacts in your behalf. I will get back
to you if I acquire any useful information. Please be patient.

Subject: Re: WW II German 32 automatic pistol
Answered By: tutuzdad-ga on 21 Apr 2006 13:55 PDT
Dear twoputtdog-ga;

Thank you for allowing me to answer your interesting question. Bearing
in mind that in order to get an accurate appraisal the pistol would
have to be physically examined by a qualified appraiser. Based on your
description however it is possible to give you an estimate as to the
reasonable value of the firearm. First, let?s get some interesting
background out of the way:

Master gun manufacturer, Moses Browning, originally designed this
particular firearm.

The name ?Fabrique National DeGuerre Herstal Belgique? (sometimes seen
as ?"Fabrique Nationale D'Armes De Guerre Herstal Belgique") is the
name and location of the manufacturer:
(In modern times these firearms are referred to simply as ?FN?s?)

The German marking ?Waffenamt? (which may or may not be stamped on the
example you have) is loosely translated, ?weapons office? and is
similar in meaning to the English word ?arsenal?, or weapons storage

The marking ?WA140? identifies the inspector who inspected and
approved the quality of the part that the stamp is found on, or the
whole weapon.

From what I gather in my research, in terms of value these firearms
have increased a bit in value over the years. Collector interest in
these pieces is usually limited unless they are in superb condition
(95% or better original finish). The really good news is that there is
greater interest in the higher end collector pieces that are stamped
or engraved (as yours is, i.e. those with German military markings
such as a tiny eagle and swastika over a code like Wa140). This
appears to be almost universally true with these types of FN pistols
regardless of the caliber.


As I sometimes do, I turned to one of the many leading authorities I
have in my personal collection of ?Who?s Who? in the antique world. In
this case I consulted Bruce Herman of Grenadier Military Antiques.


Mr. Herman has an extensive background in Western European and
American military history and has been called upon by notable auction
houses for expertise and advice in the field of military antiques. He
is also a frequent guest appraiser for PBS?s famous ?Antiques


Based solely on what you have described, and without physically
examining the pistol himself, Mr. Herman estimated the value of a
weapon similar to the one you mentioned likely to be somewhere in the
$450.00 to $850.00 range.

As with all antiques and collectibles, this estimate, of course, may
increase somewhat if you have original accessories and may increase
significantly above average (though probably not immensely so) if you
have accompanying documentation establishing provenance or can
determine who the owner/carrier (possibly ?MR?) was and something
about him.

I hope you find that my answer exceeds your expectations. If you have
any questions about my research please post a clarification request
prior to rating the answer. Otherwise I welcome your rating and your
final comments and I look forward to working with you again in the
near future. Thank you for bringing your question to us.

Best regards;
Tutuzdad-ga ? Google Answers Researcher





Google ://


Consulted a known expert in this field: Special thanks to Mr. Bruce
Herman for his valuable input.
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