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    Hiram Percy Maxim Archive, containing a truly unique collection of numerous blueprints, pamphlets, patents, official documents, and various manuscripts concerning the Maxim Silencer. Hiram P. Maxim was the son of Hiram S. Maxim (inventor of the machine gun) and nephew of Hudson Maxim (inventor of smokeless gunpowder). This archive includes six original blueprints for silencers (and related parts) from Maxim's Silent Firearms Co. of New York, including one for "Springfield .30 Experiment with #5 Barrel shortened 6", June 28, 1908 (23.5" x 17"). Five others (all 17.75" x 11.5") are all dated 1908-1909.

    Also included are various documents, copies of letters, and official patent papers from Italy, Germany, France, and Argentina, all dated around 1911 and dealing with Maxim's Silencer patent. Some examples: One copy of a letter from a French weapons manufacturer, who is interested in buying the patent, asking for a "new specimen" of the Maxim Silencer to see if improvement has been made; a four page document issued by Hiram P. Maxim, in December 1908, to the French National Office of the Industrial Property (in French) entitled "Improvements with the Apparatuses reducing the Noise of the Discharge of the Firearms," with a diagram of the relevant parts of a firearm; a check issued to Hiram P. Maxim from the Maxim Silent Firearms Co. (1911) and endorsed by him on verso; a newspaper clipping of a "Maxim Silencer" advertisement (ca. 1915); and much more. All items are in very good to fine condition, with all documents doubtless 'one of a kind'. An important firearms related archive.

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