Mauser Spandeu 1914

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6 years ago #1
okiemike
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all original for age good condition w/ bayonet and scabbard muzzle cover all serial # match What is it worth??? Thanks

Okie mike
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6 years ago #2
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hello ,,look on the side of the reseiver and see if theres a model number ,,i'm guessing it's a md 1888 comission mauser made at the spandau arsenal in germany in 1914 ,,i'd like to know if thats the correct model and it may say m-1888 or model 88 on the left receiver rail ,,also is there a U shaped cutout near this marking? and is the bottom of the magazine open or covered with a plate,,
let me know and i'll get the info for ya
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6 years ago #3
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left side "Gexxy 98" notch cut in left side

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6 years ago #4
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could be "Gem. 98" not sure due to style of lettering

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6 years ago #5
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magazine has cover on bottom

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6 years ago #6
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ok thanks it's a GEW 98 which is a ww1 rifle not the GEW 88 i was thinking ,,this was the main battle rifle for the germans during ww1 and is basically a model 98 german mauser ,,first thing to look at is ,,is it matching?? ,,look at any part that has a number and then check your serial number against these numberes ,,at least the last 3 digits of your serial number should be marked on every small part thats numbered ,,even the small locking screws refered to as capture screws should be marked with at least the last same 3 digits as the receiver serial number,,if it's all matching then i'd value it at between 400-750 to a mauser collector and mabey more at a good auction with proper listing and pictures ,,as long as it's all original and NOT A SPORTERIZED EXAMPLE,,the original rifle will be almost full stocked with a upper handguard and 2 barrel bands ,,the rear site may resemble a roller coaster with a high rib that the slide rides on ,,the bolt will proably be straight instead of bent like a sporting rifle ,,and the stock should have a disk in the side with a hole running threw it ,,if it's got a short stock or if it's got holes drilled in it for a scope then value is much lower and would be around 200 - mabey 300 depending how nice it was sporterized mabey a little more if done professionally..caliber should be 8mm mauser and ammo is available ,,these are very collectable in original configuration but sooo many have been sporterized rhese days that original matching models usually command good preimiums ,,
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6 years ago #7
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Hey A BIG thank you . THis was taken by my great uncle as a war trophy in WWI. He was a Doughboy.

Serial number is three digits only that's it all the number I can find ! all matching bolt barrel action. stock # on butt stock, action is in the white. screws bayonet is oberdorf waffen farbrick. rifle has cleaning rod still in place. bayonet has scabbard all orignal. Like i said it hasn't been touched since it came home after WW I.
no serial # on muzzle cover assume original issued w/ rifle small stamp on muzzle cover in front of sight looks like crown
dark reddish color stock proofs readable on stock and action barrel bolt etc
nominal wear for 90+ year old rifle
dings mainly no scratches on stock
was behind my grandad's parlor door for ever since Ican remember and I'm 55.
again thank you for any info you can provide as well as value more a family thing than anythnig but after me I don't think anyone will be interested still working on getting the kids interested but the generational thing I grew up with WWII stuff and mindset. Dad was in the Navy on Guadalcanal.
Not part of their reality Irag and Afghanistan is theirs..

thanks again okiemike

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6 years ago #8
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hello again ,,very nice and now that i know more about it id say there a good chance the value would be higher ,,to find a matching example these days thats not refinished or butchered into a sporter is very hard to do ,,with a 3 digit serial number and matching stock and an original bayo i wouldn't be a bit surprised if this were at a good military auction to see it go for over 1000,,to the right collector ..don't let anyone fool with it.. it will only raise in value as the years go by,,lightly oil the metal and keep it in a safe place,,don't handle it much and wipe it down when it is handled ,,fingerprints have sweat on them and sweat has salt and this can cause rust an pitting if left unattende to ,,very cool history to go with it and you should document it for future generations ,,
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