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Auction Date: September 15, 2013

Lot 3591: Singer - 1911A1

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Rare World War II Singer Tool Room/Prototype M1911A1 Semi-Automatic Pistol with Documentation
Estimated Price: $20,000 - $40,000
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Serial #Singer - 1911A1 ManufacturerSinger Model1911A1
TypePistol Gauge45 ACP Catalog Page223
Barrel5 Inch Round FinishIn The White GripBrown Plastic Checkered
Stock ClassCurio & Relic Handgun RatingSee Condition
DescriptionThis is a rare example of probably a one of a kind Singer Sewing machine company, tool room/prototype M1911A1 semi-automatic pistol with documentation from the original Singer Company employee. As we all know there were exactly 500 fully completed and U.S. Government accepted, Model 1911A1 Pistols manufactured by the Singer Manufacturing Company during WWII. These were all manufactured under U. S. Army, Ordnance Educational Order No. W-ORD-396, with almost all of these pistols theoretically issued to the U.S. Army Air Corps. This was an extremely low number production run with examples in any condition being extremely rare and highly desirable. Now enter this example of a tool room/prototype model of which there may have only been handful made in total with most examples destroyed at some time. What is the rarity of this model? On a scale of 1-10, with "10" being the rarest this has to be a "10"! This would certainly be the center piece of any M1911A1 collection and certainly the center piece of any Singer M1911A1 pistol collection. As noted, this is a tool room model it does not have all the usually acceptance proofs and U.S. Government inspector stamps, because it was made before the normal production run was made, usually intend to test and or set-up the production machines, in theory it was probably one of the very first pistols produced. How do we know it's a tool-room/prototype? Clearly this pistol be identified as an original tool room model based on the overall original, in the white metal machining and surface finish that perfectly matches the slide, which is correctly marked in two lines "S. MFG.CO./ELIZABETH, N.J., U.S.A.". This is NOT a repolish job or some fantasy pistol, it's the real deal! This describer would estimate that this rare pistol is 99% complete with all machining performed on the frame, slide, barrel, slide stop pin, mainspring housing, grips and trigger, with only minor hand-fitting and polishing left to be accomplished. The frame has all the holes and machined/broached areas with the raw cross pins still in place indicating it was at the last stages of completion. Even the slide shows all the machining and milling marks, with only one last operation to complete it and that is the installation of the firing pin bushing, which has NOT been installed so the slide is also 99% complete. The remaining parts; the thumb safety, hammer, grip safety, barrel bushing, recoil spring cap, magazine release button and rare, original Singer high polished blue magazine were all produced/fitted from later completed parts as they are nicely, polished and blue. This fantastic pistol is being offered by as being liberated by one of the original machinist at the "Singer" factory, either during or after the War. Accompanying this pistol is a copy of the machinist apprenticeship certificate from the Singer factory dated April 1937. Interestingly the grips are the correct early Singer patterns that have the hollowed out back sides with no reinforcing webs with no mold markings, however they have unusually wide grip screws that are countersunk into the grips without the reinforcing rings. This may have been an early style grip that was obviously dropped from production. This is just an outstanding example of a rare, one of a kind Singer preproduction M1911A1 pistol.

ConditionVery fine in the original factory in the white metal finish, with minor areas of light rust just starting to form in some areas from lack of oil. The grips are noted as original Singer mfg. grips, showing only some minor handling marks on the left side. As noted the various parts all appear to be 99% machined with only minor final hand-fitting and polishing left to be finished.
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