|Above: As Master-at-Arms aboard the SS Venture Clifford was responsible for acquiring and maintaining the considerable armaments
carried during the voyage in 1931. We know that he purchased at least 50 U.S. Army surplus 30-40 Karg-Jorgensen Rifles - least
one per crewmen on the voyage. He also seems to have purchased six .45 caliber Thompson sub-machine guns to add a bigger sting
to the crews hitting power should events necessitate it. It can be assumed that Captain Englehorn, First Mate Jack Driscol and Carl
Denhan himself purchased the weapons of their own choosing. This invoice in interesting in the fact that Clifford chose to purchase a
German designed Luger pistol in spite of his own experience in the U.S. and French militaries. It appears that Clifford took the liberty
of charging his purchase to Carl Denham's production company.
When Clifford purchased his pistol, Abercrombie & Fitch was not the debauched firm that it is today. Instead it was a highly
respected outfitting firm that supplied the likes of Clark Gable, Ernest Hemingway and Carl Denhan's great rival Frank Buck with
clothing, gear and firearms for their outdoor adventures around the globe.
Unfortunately the Luger Clifford purchased is lost but is would have been a "house model" manufactured in Switzerland to
Abercrombie & Fitch's specifications, the 4 3/4 inch barrel being one of A&F's Luger's distinctive features.
|Mail Order Invoice
Approximately 4 Inches wide by 8 Inches high
Abercrombie & Fitch
New York, USA
From the Secret Archives of The Noble & Antediluvian Order of
the Brotherhood of the Purple Fez
|Left: An example of an Swiss made Abercrombie & Fitch Luger of the
type purchased by Clifford T. Bell for his voyage on the SS Venture.