I recently obtained a copy of a page from the 1924 Galef catalog illustrated below from landofborchardt.com/. This is a web site with some excellent Luger/Borchardt material and some great photos of cartridge boxes. Worth a visit. The author of the site was kind enough to share the following page with me.
I have seen/had Galef boxes in 38 S&W, but have never seen one in autopistol calibers, and sure not in 9mmP. The same basic offer and box illustrations occur in Galef catalogs from 1920, 1924 and 1925. The 1920 catalog does not mention box size, the 1924 illustrated mentions 9m/m in 16 round boxes indicating it is probably German WWI surplus. The 1925 catalog no longer mentions how 9m/m is packed but mentions that .30 Mauser is in 20 round boxes, 25, 32 and 380 is in 25 round boxes and all else is in 50 round boxes.
German military production of 9mm P only began in late 1924, except for a small batch for the police in 1920/21. There is also evidence that there was production of 9mmP during this period, probably for export, using such names as 9mm Revolver and 9mm Colt ( see gigconceptsinc.com/Colt-9mm.html).
I would love to see what Galef was selling as 9mmP during this period. Frankly I suspect that the box illustrated in the catalog with what appears to be 9mmP is probably just an artists creation and didn’t exist, but it never hurts to ask!
Has anyone seen a Galef box in 9mmP or any other autopistol caliber?
Any help is appreciated.