4/2/20 - This is an exquisite and rare Party Leader Walther PPK rig. The gun is all original finish and near-mint, with just some minor muzzle wear from the holster, and the fire bluing has worn off the safety. The serial dates it to 1939 and is in the correct range for the issuance of the Party Leader "Honor" Grip. The grip is excellent as well, with no cracks or chips. Nearly all PPK grips from that era will have tiny stress fractures and are to be expected if the grip is real. Minty bore and finger extension magazine. Rig includes a flat-bottom spare and an original Party Leader holster. The holster is in very good condition but the top flap does have a bit of cracking, and the Party Leader Eagle has faded some. The rig can be separated should the customer wish, with $9500 as price on the pistol, and $2250 on the holster.
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.