OE - GOOD - some minor replacement parts; metal smoothly rusted or lightly pitted in places, cleaned; principal lettering, numerals and design on metal legible; lightly scratched, bruised or minor cracks repaired; in good working order.
PRF - PROFESSIONALLY REFINISHED OR RESTORED
Savage made a total of 288 caliber .45 pistols for competitive tests and troop trials conducted between 1907 and 1911. The troop trials and competitive tests conducted by the Ordnance Department tests ultimately resulted in the selection of the Colt .45 Automatic as the Army service pistol. Savage re-conditioned and refinished the trials pistols; most of the reconditioned pistols were eventually sold to E.K. Tryon of Philadelphia. The pistol has a dull blue finish with bright barrel and trigger and checkered walnut grips. The eight-shot magazine has a full blue finish. The barrel is roll-stamped "CAL. 45" on the barrel rib; the Savage legend that was originally roll-stamped on the rib was removed when the pistol was re-conditioned. The serial number, "208" is stamped on the underside of the slide. The left side of the frame has the "SAFE" and "FIRE" markings that were added to pistols from the 3rd Cavalry that were returned to Savage for repair in 1909. The magazine spine is stamped with the serial number "117". The pistol has the distinctive ribbed hammer and folding lanyard loop. This specific pistol is pictured on p. 24 and 28 of "Savage Pistols" by Bauiley Brower Jr. The Savage Military Model 1907 Trials pistol is a rare and historic military pistol that would be a key addition to any advanced U.S. military handgun collection. Provenance: The Bailey Brower, Jr. Collection, author of “Savage Pistols”
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