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Hey all! I managed to pick up this MG08 sled and dummy gun this week at a local store and was wondering if anyone has a information and value estimate on something like this. What should I be looking for on something like this? I have no idea where to start but it all looks original. The sled itself seems to have been repainted at one point but all the controls still work. Most (if not all) of the markings are still present, I think. The gun itself have been entirely painted over and mice were living in it the last 15 years. I cleaned it out with an air compressor but nothing else. It seems most the parts on it are original parts but are missing the markings. The right side plate has been replaced with a dummy one and welded on. What would the value of the gun?

To add to this, I was wondering what a good price for a semi auto Mg08 would be. I might keep this just to put a nice gun on it! Thanks for reading!
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The MG08 can be stripped and reblued and or painted to WWI specs.

What markings are on top of the receiver? What year was it made?
Unfortunately, I think either the top has been heavily painted over or sanded down as there are not any markings on it. The top has also snapped in half from rust near the pin that holds it in. When I get home today, Ill take closer pictures as I have since cleaned most the dirt and webs off it. Its a great display gun at least and its looking great just sitting around in the house!
 

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10x on that!!!

Lots of members on here would love to own that. Me too!!
I'll message you if I plan on selling it. I have some offers from a few other people and a dealer up in NY who I said I would hold it until he took a look at it. I'd prefer to get in trade for to at least fill the hole that it has in my heart now!
 

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Forgive my absence due to work, blame Mr Putin! Looking to re-energise the WWI German MG threads but enjoyed reading the above. My immediate thoughts are find another relic schlitten and bastardise the 2 to make one reasonably good one. I like the missing side plates,
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I am still thinking how to display this beast! This missing parts aren't hurting me all that much and the gun at least looks nice. I'll hold onto it until I have no more room and I am sure a member of this forum would like to have it over me when that time comes. Or trade it for something.
 

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Here are some closer pictures. The top manufacturing markings are entirely gone or painted over and the cover is snapped in half. The knob does indeed work but it isn't charging anything and every other marking is either fully pained over or obliterated. The inside is rotted and destroyed. This gun is a display piece and only a display piece.
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Its possible the markings are under the paint. But it looks like they were scrubbed.

I do a serial number off to the right side on tan/gold painted area.
I can make out serial numbers all around on smaller parts. Most are numbered "1910" but they are barely visible. Even the wood is numbered on the underside which is cool.
 
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