2/17/21 - This is a rare, near mint Party Leader Walther PPK from the Nazi era. The original blue rates at about 98%, with only minor bluing loss on either side of the muzzle, and a tiny bit more on the right side of the slide. The serial number on the interior of the slide is matching with the frame. 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. It has no major defects - guaranteed original. There is one very small beginning of a crack in the seam between the left side of the grip and the spine of the grip - almost not visible. Also has very slight warping in the upper corners but this is extremely common for PPK grips. Minty bore. Excellent finger extension magazine, also without cracks or chips. Mechanically excellent. Comes with a Legacy certificate of authenticity.
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.