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SN 1. 30-06 Cal. 28-1/2″ bbl. This one of a kind Maxim has an aluminum water jacket, trunnion block, and fusee spring cover. Comes on a Vickers & Sons tripod SN 4405, brass traverse and elevation is numbered 158. Feed shuttle and bottom plate are brass. Documented in Dolf Goldsmith’s book on the Maxim and formerly part of his collection, this gun was an attempt to capitalize on the Maxim name using Hiram’s brother, Hudson. The use of these aluminum parts lightened the gun Sights, boosters, cocking handle and firing trigger are just identical to the model of 1904. J Hamiliton Brown was a director of the Maxim Munitions Corp. In 1916 the company acquired the one-of-a-kind lightweight, “Brown machine gun”. It idea was that once a contract was signed, the company could subcontract for the parts and assemble these parts in a rented building. This is the only known example produced. Retains its orig water drain cap and chains with cork hardware with no cork present and thumb hardware missing off drain cap. Orig water fill cap with orig brass chain. Fusee spring tension adjusted by a nut at forward end of fusee cover which would take a metal rod such as an Allen wrench to turn. Bottom of right side receiver plate marked “JPL T AZ85653”, which indicates that at one time this arm was in the possession of a noted firearms enthusiast in Arizona. Top cover has brass plate affixed marked, “PATENT APPLIED FOR” / “BROWN MACHINE GUN” / “MODEL 1916” / “MANUFACTURED BY” / “MAXIM MUNITIONS CORPORATION” / “NEW YORK U.S.A. NO 1”. Tripod is marked on brass data plate “VICKERS SONS & MAXIM LTD” / “LONDON”. Traverse and elevation mechanism operates properly as do locking blocks. Mechanism functions smoothly when operated by hand. This gun appears fully functional. PROVENANCE: Ex-Dolf Goldsmith collection; The class III weapons formerly on loan to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance is excellent. Nearly 98% commercial blue finish on steel parts. Aluminum is shiny and smooth with some scratches, a couple of 1/2″ gouges at the 9 o’clock position on water jacket 4″ from nose. Brass has a pleasing, even patina. Bore is shiny and bright. Bolt face is excellent. Tripod retains 95% painted green finish; brass parts have a pleasing patina; hard metal seat also retains nearly all its green repainted finish. This is a unique opportunity for the advanced collector to own a penultimate Maxim historical item. 4-51721 JWK30 (75,000-100,000) – Lot 1007

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2014
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