Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 481: World War I U.S. Colt Model 1911 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Auction Date: May 14, 2021

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,250 - $3,750

World War I U.S. Colt Model 1911 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1911
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 45 ACP
Barrel: 5 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 1923
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 334
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

Manufactured in 1918. Blade front and flat top notch rear sights, the two-line/two-block address and patent dates on the left side of the slide divided by the Rampant Colt, the Army nomenclature on the reverse, and a United States Property marked frame with "JMG" inspection mark. Fitted with a long smooth trigger, wide checkered hammer, short grip safety, smooth mainspring housing, a two-tone pinned base magazine, and an unmarked full blue barrel. The number "2527" has been added by hand to the underside of the left grip panel, mainspring housing and magazine; the purpose of this number is unknown, possibly a period of use rack number, a partial service number, or similar identifier. Provenance: The Dr. Robert Azar Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine, with 85% of the original blue finish, showing bright edge wear, minor handling marks, and some areas of brown patina. Tool marks are present, concentrated around the hammer and grip safety pins, and a minor disassembly line. The grips are fine, with the aforementioned added number and some mild dings. Mechanically excellent.

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