Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 444: U.S. Springfield Armory Model 1911 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Auction Date: September 10, 2021

Exceptional Early Production U.S. Springfield Armory Model 1911 Semi-Automatic Pistol with 1914 Dated Holster

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,500

Exceptional Early Production U.S. Springfield Armory Model 1911 Semi-Automatic Pistol with 1914 Dated Holster

Manufacturer: Springfield Armory U.S.
Model: 1911
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 45 ACP
Barrel: 5 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Stock:
Item Views: 862
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 316
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

Manufactured 1914, in the first assigned serial number block listed for Springfield Armory, this is an excellent example of a U.S. Model 1911 semi-automatic pistol manufactured by Springfield Armory for the United States military and features the distinctive armory rust blue finish. The left side of the slide has the standard three-line Colt patent dates and two-line "SPRINGFIELD ARMORY/U.S.A." markings in two blocks, as well as an ordnance bomb behind the serrations. The right side of the slide is marked with the Department of Defense eagle and "MODEL OF 1911.U.S. ARMY." The left side of the frame has the U.S. property marking and an ordnance bomb near the trigger guard, and the serial number is marked on the right. The later production replacement Springfield Armory barrel is marked "SP" on the left of the lug and "AGI" above. Features blade and notch sights, checkered wide hammer, short grip safety, and a smooth straight mainspring housing with a lanyard ring. It is fitted with a pair of correct checkered, large diamond pattern, walnut grips and a correct two-tone magazine with a "wrap around" lanyard ring base. Includes a 1914 dated Rock Island Arsenal marked U.S. leather holster and an extra Colt M1911 magazine with lanyard ring base.

Rating Definition:

Excellent, retains 90% plus of the original armory blue finish with the balance having mostly thinned to a smooth grey patina, primarily on edges, and some scattered light handling marks. The barrel bushing is slightly bent with some tool marks. The grips are also excellent with only the slightest handling marks and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. The holster is very good.



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