I have a Gewehr 88 S “Commission Rifle,” marked Spandau 1894 that my father-in-law is wanting to sell. His grandfather brought it back from WWI when he served over there as a supply truck driver. It’s been in a safe since then.
Has the same matching numbers all over the rifle from the metal to the wood. Only missing the cleaning rod.
Seems from online research the prices on these range all over the place, but this has NO Turkish markings and has the matching numbers, so not sure what to expect.
This is an interesting rifle and a bit beyond my expertise. I am sending this to a friend who collects these. I believe you have a period-original rework, but need to confirm. I will get back with value as well.
I checked with my friend and he confirmed this rifle is a WWI rework: basically, a rifle that saw a lot of service and was brought back in for repairs. This appears to mean a new bolt and probably a barrel.
In today's market, your rifle has a value of $500 to $600. It is possible you could get more if this were listed in a Gunbroker d o t c o m auction: this is how many rifles are sold. Auctions create competition and competition leads to retail prices/high retail prices. If you want to do this, let me know and I'll give you some ideas on how to build the auction.
Another method would be to register at Gunboards d o t c o m and list this in the Want to Sell forum. List it at about $700 and take the first offer you are comfortable with.
Taking this to a gun show, pawn shop or gun shop would be a waste of your time. Most dealers know nothing about these rifles and offer as close to that amount as possible. Even if they do know, they are not going to tell you what something is worth and pay that amount.
A new book on these rifles is coming out in the next few months. If you are not in a hurry, hold on to the rifle a year or so and sell it then. Good literature on firearms typically increases the market value of those firearms as it increases the number of informed buyers.
Thanks! That is very close to what I had researched as well. I think the rework is in the bolt, etc since the numbers are different than those stamped everywhere else on the gun. And looks like when they reworked it, they stamped the bolt handle with the number that matches the rest of the gun.
I am going to try to talk him into keeping it a little longer and see what the price does.
Since it doesn't have any Turkish markings, it seems to be more sought after.
Thanks again for your valuable input!