Paul, back to the Serb 1910 Cavalry carbine image I sent you. I remembered John and I had a talk after a person had Offered Mr. Ball some photos of such a carbine with SN = K 417. This was used in the last Ball book under Serbia and was described as an unknown model etc. No question this was a rare example so all this forced me to pull out my 1911 files and yearly reports where I found the notes for 300 Cavalry carbines with date of May 18 1911 as shipped out. I then used this date and pulled out the huge Sales book covering this period to look for proof of a direct sale to Government or through dealer and struck pay dirt! Its great when we can Confirm such items of arms History. As for SN K 417 on the Rifle in Balls book Mauser started SN from 1 or 10 or 100 or 1000 or more depending on book keeping needs at the moment. Since we know now that 325 is the Total Number recorded maybe the SN started at the 100 series ? Anyway nice to be able to tie this story up with real data. Every time I am forced to go back into sales books New data pops up but every time I need a subject to look for and an app. time period so I had the 1911 date for old report and could jump into sales book and there it was. Jon
1. Here is the Sales book Listing with dates of Direct sale to Serbia of 300 Cavalry carbines in first group then 3 other sales of 20 then 3 then 2 for Total 325. This was a limited Production of this configuration. In the text its Named as Kav.=Cavalry Carbine.
2. Close up shows 300 units etc.
3. Then one of Paul Mauser best Dealer friends a German Carl Schmidt whose family had been in Brazil since the 1880 period and had their own Import/Export firm and also handled weapons of all kinds to various lands and groups specially in Central and South America. He was in on sales to Costa Rica, Bolivia, Brazil etc. An Entry in sales book 1909 shows Schmidt buying 100 Cavalry carbines Model 07 for some group outside Army in some country etc. Lots of small deals occurred to use up inventory arms and parts etc.