Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1421: World War I U.S. Contract Colt Model 1911 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

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

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,250 - $3,500

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

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1911
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 45 ACP
Barrel: 5 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Stock:
Item Views: 553
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 311
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

Shipped to the Bush Terminal in Brooklyn, New York for the American Expeditionary Force on 12 August 1918, well before the end of World War I. The left of the slide is marked with the two-line, two-block patent dates and address, while the right has the standard "MODEL OF 1911 U.S. ARMY" marking. The left of the frame has the U.S. property marking and eagle head inspection mark, and the serial number is on the right. The full blued barrel is marked "P/H" on the chamber and "5" on the bottom. Fitted with blade and notch sights, wide checkered hammer, long smooth trigger, short grip safety, diamond pattern checkered grips, and an unmarked two-tone magazine. Provenance: The Paul H. Thompson of Union, SC Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retains 70% plus of the original blue finish with the balance having thinned to mostly a smooth grey patina, most noticeably on the leading edges of the slide and the grip straps. The grips are also very fine with a few scattered light handling marks and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.



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