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1951, P. Jaeger & Co, Jenkintown, PA , Klaus Willig engraver.

Updated 6/21/17, 7:40 AM

Just received a response from Claus Willig as follows:

Dear Mr. Raimondi,
it is always a great pleasure to see again some of my engravings , done long ago.

Yes I engraved this revolver in 1969 for Paul Jaeger Inc. Jenkintown PA. ( it was a 55 hours job )

Concerning the stock: I never did any work on stocks! / END

Mr. Willig also included serial numbers of other S&W's he's engraved over the years. What a "prince" of a gentleman.
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Contemplating some very fine "scratching" there. Also conjuring the dough needing to be "scratched up" to accommodate such an acquisition!!! Hopefully not a "rash" decision requiring seven year itch amortization!
A beautiful piece of art!
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Sal:

That gun screams Claus Willig!!! What a beauty. Thanks a ton for sharing. Did that Outdoorsman happen to come home with you from the Symposium?

Of all my engraved guns, the 357 engraved by Claus is one of my very favorites...







Complete post here... A Modern Masterpiece - Claus Willig Engraved 357
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Works of art. Just flat beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
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Now that's about the most scratched up Smith I've seen!
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I understand that many of the stocks on Willig engraved guns were made by Adolf Geiss. Do you know what the "WDC" stands for and if Willig also made the grips?
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Sal, did you get that at the symposium? If so that is one beautiful Smith!! Are you going to fire it??
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I understand that many of the stocks on Willig engraved guns were made by Adolf Geiss. Do you know what the "WDC" stands for and if Willig also made the grips?
Richard,

This is the .38-44 OD I bid on back around September / August 2016 that I asked advice from you and Bill.

I will take better photos of it with natural daylight and macro. the pix I posed were just quick snap shots at Charlotte.

this is the first so marked set of grip I've ever seen. I feel the grips are surely made "for" this, specific gun on several points.

Do you have research on Willig from past experiences you can share with me? .e.g his full name and a biography. I had inquired on the Engravers guild but cannot determine if he is still alive or not. It seems that up to about 10 years ago, he was alive.

Do any of your Willig's or others of this hand have signed, grips ?

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Sal, did you get that at the symposium? If so that is one beautiful Smith!! Are you going to fire it??
No, I got this and a Bottle of Louis XIII at a local auction several months back. Richard and Bill were my two main "go-to guys" for advice and comparisons on this one.
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That gun scream Claus Willig!!! What a beauty. Thanks a ton for sharing. Did that Outdoorsman happen to come home with you from the Symposium?
Yes, I have it.
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This is the .38-44 OD I bid on back around September / August 2016 that I asked advice from you and Bill.
I can tell I'm getting old... the memory is not what it used to be. It is a great gun.


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Claus is the son of Emil Willig (also a master engraver). There is a great article here - tons of information and photos:

Willig, Emil & Claus – German Hunting Guns

As of a year or so ago, Claus is still alive. He was kind enough to email me back. This is the email address I have for him: claus.willig@t-online.de

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Mine are not signed...
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Sal, did you get that at the symposium? If so that is one beautiful Smith!! Are you going to fire it??
6 rounds through this thing would knock off about $5K in value. I'm a free thinker but THAT crazy, I'm not.
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GREAT GUN! Glad I got to see it in Charlotte. Just love German engraving - especially Claus Willig guns!

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Do you have research on Willig from past experiences you can share with me? .e.g his full name and a biography. I had inquired on the Engravers guild but cannot determine if he is still alive or not. It seems that up to about 10 years ago, he was alive.
Another good article showing Claus' outstanding work:

Handguns 2007 - Ken Ramage - Google Books
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I don't think I have ever seen gold inlay grips! That just makes your gun over the top! Thanks for sharing it with us.
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Oh Man!! All those scratches and so little finish left. You should just throw (place gently) in My trash can.
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See Updated Post #1 for response from "the" man, Claus Willig, himself who affirms this is his work, however the stocks were NOT done by Willig.

What great affirmation and additional provenance !

While I firmly believe these stocks were made specifically for this revolver, I have to now research W D C which is in progress.

Special thanks to RKMesa / Richard Garner on the advice and help in research.
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I would have thought more like 55 days or weeks. What an incredible piece of work!
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I would have thought more like 55 days or weeks. What an incredible piece of work![/QUOTE]

I suppose that at the hands of a Master Engraver, 55 hours would do it but I'd have thought about 100 hours of work.

Under 40x magnification, there is not one flaw, not one stopped and started line.

Although my craftsmanship is limited to vintage and antique auto restoration, I am so amazed at his work.

Absolutely the finest I've ever seen. IMHO either as fine or finer than a Kornbrath engraved S&W I've examined of Gary Garbrecht's collection. Although, I say a tie or equal in the long guns and special commissions I'd put Kornbrath and Willig at a dead heat in a comparison for their best works.

This was one of Gary's Kornbrath's: *EXTRAORDINARILY RARE KORNBRATH ENGRAVED SMITH & WESSON .44 HAND EJECTOR 3RD MODEL DA REVOLVER.
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