Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 311: World War I U.S. Colt Model 1911 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

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

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $4,500

Very Fine 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
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 281
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

Manufactured in 1917 and shipped to Springfield Armory on 26 June 1917, 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 with the Rampant Colt behind the serrations, 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 "GHS" inspection mark and the serial number is on the right. The full blued barrel is marked "P/H" on the chamber hood and "5" on the bottom and left of the lug. 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 80% plus of the original blue finish with the balance having thinned to a smooth grey patina, primarily on the grip straps and leading edges of the slide, and some scattered very light spotting. The grips are also very fine with a few scattered minor blemishes and otherwise crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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