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1913 Colt Government Model W/ Colt Factory Letter

Sold For:  $12,000  |  Ended On: 3/17/2024
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Details From The Safe

Seller: BC_Ryder

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Lot #: 30

Known Details

Caliber: .45 ACP

Finish: High Polish Blue

Grips: Walnut

Barrel Length: 5"

Round Capacity: 8

Class: Curio & Relic

Serial No: C2312

Ship Date February 15, 1913

Colt Archive Letter Included

Sellers FFL Type: Type 03 FFL

Shipping: UPS Next Day Air : $55.00

Payment Methods: Personal Check, Cashiers Check, Business Check

This 1913 Colt Government Model 1911 with the Colt Factory Archive letter is finished a “mirror like” high polish blue and fire blue small parts. Manufactured in 1913 the second year of production for the government model, a limited number of the early high polish pistols were produced due to the finish easily showing scratches. The military pistols were ordered to a darker finish in 1913, making them more serviceable and reducing reflection and glare.  

Right Side 1913 Colt Government Model high polish blue

This Commercial Government Model is an early 1913 production, as mentioned above its finished in high polish blue, that is lustrous and mirror-like. It shows its age well, show wear that is to be expected for a pistol over 100 years of age. The finish shows wear around the high edges throughout, along with silvering associated with standard cycling. Overall, the finish show still shows deep blue even through the handling marks and scratches. The small blue parts show the bright vibrant fire blue, and still retain their finish throughout with minor wear. 

C2312 Commercial model serial number and high polish finish

This Colt Government Model’s markings on the left side of the slide read “PATENTED APR. 20,1897” and “SEPT. 9, 1902, DEC. 19,1905, FEB. 14, 1911” and in front of the slide serrations reads “COLT’S PT F.A. MFG CO” and “HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A.”.  The Rampant Colt is behind the serrations on the left side of the slide. On the trigger guard bow the triangular “VP” and near the magazine catch “K”. The right side of the pistol reads “COLT AUTOMATIC” and “CALIBRE 45” on the slide. The frame shows the serial number “C2312” and in front of the slide stop button “GOVERNMENT MODEL”. 

Colt government model Patent Roll marks and patent date on the slide of 1911

This Government Model has checkered walnut grips show the double diamond pattern and are in excellent condition, showing sharp checkering throughout most of both grip panels. The most notable mark on the grip panel is a chip near the magazine catch. Throughout the front strap and back strap, the finish shines bright, with only minor handling marks considering the pistols age and finish type. The magazine is the keyhole type and has a lanyard loop and is two tone blue finish. 

Grip panel diamond colt grip

The included Colt factory archive letter confirms the blue finish, the grips are not listed. The shipment was a single gun, sold to Bostwick Braun Company in Toledo, Ohio and shipped to W. Bingham Company in Cleveland, Ohio on February 15, 1913. 

Colt government model 1911 trigger guard

This would be the perfect addition for WWI Era Collections, or any 1911 collection due to its early production date and early finish type.  

Winning Bid
$12,000 by Hermes345
Ended On
March 17th, 2024
Bids
7
1756 Views | 19 Watchers

Comments & Questions

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BC_Ryder

Seller  03/18/2024 12:03:28 AM UTC

Thanks to all that bid. @Hermes345 will be in touch shortly.

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Safe Queens

03/18/2024 12:01:56 AM UTC

Sold on 03/17/2024 for $12,000 to Hermes345

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BC_Ryder

Seller  03/17/2024 11:58:36 PM UTC

Reserve has been met, this one will be going home to a new owner.

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Hermes345

03/17/2024 11:56:59 PM UTC

$12,000 Bid

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JUNA

03/17/2024 11:08:06 PM UTC

$11,500 Bid

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Hermes345

03/16/2024 1:09:38 PM UTC

$9,750 Bid

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rhg1911

03/15/2024 10:27:23 PM UTC

$9,500 Bid

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lumberjack2

03/05/2024 8:39:49 PM UTC

$5,750 Bid

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BC_Ryder

Seller  02/29/2024 5:56:51 PM UTC

Per some email requests, additional photos of the pistol disassembled, barrel lugs, barrel bore and magazine detail have been uploaded to the gallery.

On the barrel, there is a “N” with serif’s forward the lug. Bore shows crisp grooves with some minor frosting.

Magazine is a keyhole style with the fire blue follower.

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BMFF

02/14/2024 3:12:50 PM UTC

$5,500 Bid

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lumberjack2

02/14/2024 3:00:37 PM UTC

$3,000 Bid

Details From The Safe

Seller: BC_Ryder

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Lot #: 30

Known Details

Caliber: .45 ACP

Finish: High Polish Blue

Grips: Walnut

Barrel Length: 5"

Round Capacity: 8

Class: Curio & Relic

Serial No: C2312

Ship Date February 15, 1913

Colt Archive Letter Included

Sellers FFL Type: Type 03 FFL

Shipping: UPS Next Day Air : $55.00

Payment Methods: Personal Check, Cashiers Check, Business Check

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