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LOT 3386
Excellent World War I U.S. Colt Model 1911 Semi-Automatic Pistol - Serial no. 166480, 45 ACP cal., 5 inch round bbl., blue finish, walnut grips. Manufactured in 1917 and shipped to Springfield Armory on 6 July 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 and “5” on the 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. An
included document from a previous consignor
states that this pistol was given to them by
the widow of Captain A. Lawrence Brown, who
carried the pistol during World War I.
CONDITION: Excellent, retains 97% plus of
the original brushed blue finish with only the
slightest edge and grip strap wear, handling
marks, and a small spot of light wear on the left
of the trigger. The grips are also excellent with
a few scattered very light blemishes and otherwise crisp checkering.
Mechanically excellent. This World War I U.S. Model 1911 pistol would
be impossible to improve upon!
Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection.
Estimate: 5,000 - 7,500

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