My late father in law in Holland showed me a 7 x 57 Mauser used by an uncle of his in the Boer war. The uncle left SA after the defeat in the Boer war and his wife died in an English concentration camp among many thousands non-combatants that did. Apparently the old fellow was quite a shot as the rifle was engraved with 36 lines and dates and locations of battles. It had the inscription "In God we place faith and Mauser is his angel" or something like this, the translation from Dutch to English may have left some nuances out. I believe that the rifle now is in a private collection in Eindhoven. Given the battles it saw, it was in very good condition. John, your collection is fantastic!