12/24/20 - This is a rare Party Leader Walther PPK from the Nazi era. The gun has nice original finish with some wear on both sides of the slide, especially on the rounded areas. 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 with a gorgeous color swirl. No major cracks or defects but there is some warping. 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.