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Lot 3331: 1915 Production U.S. Colt Model 1911 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

1915 Production U.S. Colt Model 1911 Semi-Automatic Pistol with Holster Attributed to the Mexican Expedition with Notarized Family Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,500 - $6,500

1915 Production U.S. Colt Model 1911 Semi-Automatic Pistol with Holster Attributed to the Mexican Expedition with Notarized Family Letter

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1911
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 45 ACP
Barrel: 5 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 460
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 222
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

Manufactured in 1915, this pistol shipped to Springfield Armory on 12 April 1915. An included notarized letter from David Rich states that this pistol was carried by his grandfather on the Mexican Expedition to combat Mexican revolutionaries led by Pancho Villa. Interestingly, on p. 532 of "U.S. Military Automatic Pistols: 1894-1920" in the known issue records for Model 1911 pistols, this pistols serial number falls between two that very well may have been involved in the Mexican Expedition. These two pistols are serial number 112269 which is listed as assigned to the 14th Cavalry Regiment which took part in the expedition, and the other is serial number 112313 which is listed as sent from Springfield Armory to the San Antonio Arsenal in 1915. 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 with a conjoined "HP" on the chamber hood and "G" and "C" on the bottom with "E" on the right of the lug. The barrel linkage and linkage pin are absent. Fitted with blade and notch sights, wide checkered hammer, replacement checkered slide release, long smooth trigger, short grip safety, diamond pattern checkered grips, and a later replacement two-tone "R" marked magazine. Includes a later production replacement "US" leather holster marked "CLINTON/1918" on the back, and a tan handkerchief that is also claimed to have been carried on the Mexican Expedition.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retains 80% plus of the original blue finish with the balance having thinned to mostly a smooth grey-brown patina, primarily on the grip straps and a few scattered patches of light spotting. The barrel linkage/linkage pin are absent and the slide release is a parkerized replacement. The grips are very good with some scattered minor handling marks and otherwise crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent aside from the absent components. The holster is excellent with some mild wear.

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