Horst Held = Antique Handguns
541 Lynnie Pennie Lane Midlothian, Texas 76065
Mauser model 1878 zigzag / Zick-Zack revolver, serial # 95
Mauser model 1878. Because the cylinder function called "Zick-Zack" or
serial # 95, the rarest caliber 7.6mm. According to a fine research of a gentleman in El Paso there were only 600 made. Presentation weapon, completely engraved, cylinder, hammer, trigger and lever to open or close the frame gold-plated, grips from nicely shaped celluloid. The Mauser is in a leather covered and red inlaid presentation case. The set shows minor wear, but it is unique.
The story is, that it was given to a Prussian general who tried to influence the imperial commission to adapt a Mauser handgun.
The revolver has mandatory 1896 proof marks, and according to the El Paso gentleman's research all 7.6mm models have been proofed meaning those were actually made in 1896, surprisingly at a time when Mauser struggled to have the 1896 pistol adapted.
Celluloid is the name of a class of
compounds created from nitrocellulose and camphor, plus dyes and other agents. Generally regarded to be the first
thermoplastic, it was first created in 1856. Celluloid is easily molded and shaped, and there are suggestions that it was first made as an
ivory replacement. Celluloid is highly flammable and also easily decomposes, and is no
longer widely used. Its most common use today is the tennis ball.
Over the years I owned few revolvers with very decorative grips made from celluloid.
Part of my collection.