This is an immaculate example of an exceedingly rare Maxim. The Type 24 was renowned as being an extremely well manufactured gun. There are arguments saying that the quality of manufacturing was better in the Type 24 than the original German WW1 MG08. This argument also includes the build quality of the Type 24 tripod saying that that too was better. China was one of the first to purchase Maxims al the way back to the 1890s due to a British salesman who was based in Hong Kong. Chinas most recognizable Maxim was the Type 24 that started production in 1935. Due to the Sino-German alliance many German MG08 Maxims had been supplied to the Chinese but in late 1935 the Chinese demanded to have machine guns manufactured by themselves. The Type 24 was first introduced to the National Revolutionary to replace the original MG08. These weapons were manufactured in China between 1935 and 1937 with a total production of just over 36,000 units. The majority of these were manufactured in the Hanyang Arsenal. This model was very similar to the famous German MG08 although it has a few function improving changes. The Type 24 featured a permanently attached rear AA folding sight and a bracket for a removable front AA spider sight. The top cover has the unique ‘reverse’ Swastika together with other Chinese markings. Similarly the spring cover has a brass plaque with similar markings. The tripod has a large brass raging pate in the center of the rear leg that also has Chinese markings and the reverse Swastika. Type 24 were chambered in 7.92mm, the same caliber as was used by the Germans in WW1. This was mainly due to the large amount of ammunition that was left over after the Great War. Production of the Type 24 was ceased in 1937 due to the loss of the manufacturing plants in the invasion of the Imperial Japanese army. The Type 24 saw a large amount of use during the Chinese Civil War and it was kept in service buy the PLA, KPA and NVA through the 1960s during the Vietnam War.
See ‘The Devils Paintbrush’ By Dolph Goldsmith pages 323 – 332 for a great reference. Complete with deactivation certificate.