12/15/21 - This is an excellent example of a rare Party Leader Walther PPK from the Nazi era. It comes as a complete rig with an excellent brown leather party leader holster, one banner-only flat bottom magazine, and one banner-only finger extension magazine. The gun has retained about 93% of its original finish. There is minor wear on the high edges of the slide and around the muzzle. Spotty wear along the top round edge of both sides of the slide, most noticeable on the right side. The serial dates it to 1939, and is in the correct range for the issuance of the Party Leader "Honor" Grip. The grip is in excellent condition - there are barely-visible hairline cracks on both sides. Mint bore.
The Walther PPK with Party Leader Grips was the "Honor Weapon of the Political Leaders". The Hoheitsabzeichen or High Insignia is the Eagle over Swastika found on either side of the grips where the Walther banner is normally located. The person entitled to wear the honor weapons that were awarded them by the Fuhrer were the Political Leaders of the national, regional and district territories, as well as leaders of local and support units. The persons who wore the honor weapon had their authorizations listed in the district personnel offices, and had to have in their possession a weapons permit issued by the police, which was obtained through official channels. These rare pistols were estimated to number around 3,500, and are widely faked, but this one is guaranteed original.