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Auction Date: November 30, 2012

Lot 1856: Colt - 1911

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Highly Desirable U.S. Navy 1912 Contract Colt Model 1911 Semi-Automatic Pistol
Estimated Price: $4,500 - $7,000
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Serial #Colt - 1911 ManufacturerColt Model1911
TypePistol Gauge45 ACP Catalog Page334
Barrel5 Inch Round FinishBlue GripWalnut
Stock ClassCurio & Relic Handgun RatingSee Condition
DescriptionThis is an example of a U.S. Navy Colt Model 1911 Automatic Pistol that was shipped to the Brooklyn Navy Yard as part of a lot of 1,000 pistols on 1 June 1912. Fitted with blade front and rounded notch rear sights, with the two line, two block address and patent marks on the left side of the slide with the circled Rampant Colt behind the serrations and "MODEL OF 1911. U.S. NAVY" (with serifs) on the right side. The frame bears Walter G. Penfield's "WGP" inspector mark near the correct early magazine catch, "UNITED STATES PROPERTY" on the front left, and "No.2815" on the reverse. Fitted with a wire checkered hammer, long smooth trigger, short grip safety, smooth lanyard base mainspring housing and checkered grips with diamond patterns around the screws. The barrel is a later production replacement marked "Colt 45 Auto" "P" and "G" on bottom.

ConditionVery fine, with 70% of the original blue finish, showing areas of rough brown patina and deep pitting on areas of the forward top slide and frame. Grips are fine, with some scratches and dents. Magazine not included. Mechanically excellent.
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