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Pistol - Savage Model 1907, No 1, 1907 Object Reg. No: ST 024573

Summary:
Savage automatic pistol Model 1907, .32 in. cal., serial number 1. Ten shot magazine located in butt, overall length 6.5 inches (165 mm). Made by Savage Arms Corporation, Utica, New York, 1907.

This finely engraved and decorated pistol with mother of pearl grips is serial no. 1, and has the initials 'B A' inlaid into the underside of the frame in gold. It is suspected that it may have been presented to Colonel Benjamin Adriance, president of the Savage Arms Company, as an early prototype model, although this interpretation is questioned by some historians of Savage firearms.

The Model 1907 was advertised by Savage as '10 Shots Quick', and was a popular pistol because it held 10 rounds.
Description:
Mother of pearl grips with small gold Indian head in centre. Fine quality engraving all over oak-leaf design.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Victoria Police Force Scientific Branch, 1959
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: pistols american
Themes this item is part of: Arms Collection
Primary Classification: ARMS & ARMOUR
Secondary Classification: Firearms
Tertiary Classification: handguns
Inscriptions: Initials "B A" inlaid in gold on top of slide.
S/N Location: UNDER FRAME: '1'
Model Name/Number: 1910
Manufacturer: Savage Arms Co, Utica, New York, United States of America, 1907
Presented To: Colonel Benjamin Adriance, New York, United States of America, 1907

Comments

Bailey Brower, Jr. Posted on 15 May 2012 12:05 PM
I had the pleasure of visiting the Victoria Museum archives in Melbourne and personaliy inspected this pisrol reputed to be serial #1.

In close examination of the internal parts, and the overall engraving including the gold inlay, there is no question in my mind that this simply is not the lst serialized Savage produced and numbered,- Serial #1.

It has the internal characteristics of a later modification, the engraving is certainly not by the hand of Enoch Tue who was Savage's in-house engraver, as the style is "Germanic".

The serial number has been stamped thfrough the engraving, something I never have seen on any other Savage pistol.

The members oif the Australian Gun Club couLd not have been more helpful and courteous, but I am afraid I left them with the information yhat while this pistol is stamped serial #1, it just isn't what it was perported to be.

No one has any record of the "original" #1, as existing, though Serial #2 is in an important collection in the U.S.

Bailey Beower, Jr, Author, Savage Pistols

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