Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 312: World War I Contract U.S. Colt Model 1911 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

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

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

Very Fine World War I Contract 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
Stock:
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 281
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

Manufactured in late-1918, it is unclear when and where exactly this pistol shipped, as its serial number falls into the range of non-consecutively numbered shipments. 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 "eagle head/S12" inspection mark and the serial number is on the right. The full blued barrel is marked "P" on the bottom and with a conjoined "HP" on the chamber hood. 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 Mel Raucher Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retains 80% plus of the original blue finish with the balance having thinned to mostly a smooth grey patina, primarily on the grip straps and leading edges of the slide. The grips are also very fine with a few scattered light handling marks and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.



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