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  LOT 278
Early Production Colt Model 1902 Military
Semi-Automatic Pistol - Serial no. 12407, 38 ACP
cal., 6 inch round bbl., blue finish, hard rubber grips.
Manufactured in 1906. Beaded blade front and round-
top notch sights, with the desirable “finger nail file” sharp checkering at
the front of the slide, two-line, two-block address and patent dates on the
left side ahead of the circled Rampant Colt and the caliber markings on the right. Fitted with a casehardened round hammer, royal blue slide catch, niter blue trigger, and checkered grips. The frame is configured with the military pattern extended grip frame, lanyard swivel,
and unmarked full blue magazine.
CONDITION: Fine, with 50% of the original high polish blue finish, showing areas of brown and gray patina, mild spotting, bright edge wear dings on rear sight, and light handling marks. Front sight has been period modified with a brass bead installed. The grips are also fine with a few dings and sharp detail. Mechanically fine.
Estimate: 2,750 - 4,250
  LOT 276
Pre-World War II Production Colt Government Model Semi-Automatic Pistol with Factory Letter and Inscribed Magazine - Serial no. C145559,
45 ACP cal., 5 inch round bbl., blue finish, walnut grips. Manufactured in
1926, and outfitted with the “improved model” or “1911A1” configuration, with factory records showing shipment to the Stambaugh Thompson Company
of Youngstown, Ohio, on 9 February 1926, as part of a two-piece shipment. Stambaugh Thompson was established as a general goods
 LOT 279
Very Fine World War I Era
Colt Government Model Semi- Automatic Pistol - Serial no. C89693,
45 ACP cal., 5 inch round bbl., blue
finish, walnut grips. Manufactured in 1917, this pistol represented the pinnacle of firearms technology at the time and would have been the envy of military officers and civilians alike. The left side of the slide has the standard two-line, two- block patent dates and address followed
         store about 1846, transitioning to a home improvement/
hardware store and operating through the majority of
the 20th century. Fixed sights, with the two line address
and patent markings on the left side of the slide and the
Colt, caliber, and Rampant Colt markings on the right. The
“GOVERNMENT MODEL” frame is marked “1/VP” and “47”
on the trigger guard. Fitted with a flat top rear sight, wide
checkered hammer, short milled trigger, long grip safety, checkered arched mainspring housing, a full blue magazine inscribed “W.H.F.” on the base, checkered grips, and an unmarked barrel. “W.H.F.” has not been identified at this time.
CONDITION: Very fine with 90% plus original blue finish, showing some bright wear on the high edges and beneath the slide catch, with a bit of brown and gray patina on the grip straps and scattered spotting and handling marks. The grips are fine, with some dings and light chips. Mechanically excellent.
Estimate: 3,500 - 4,750
LOT 277
Pre-World War
II First Year Colt
Service Ace
Conversion Kit with
Box - Serial no. U72,
22 LR , 5 inch round
bbl., blue finish.
Manufactured in
1938, the first year
of production. Blade
front and adjustable rear sights, with “U72” stamped on top of the
slide, and in electric pencil on the barrel and chamber, the two-line
address and patent marks on the left of the slide, and the model
nomenclature and diamond logo on the right. A full-blue Colt Ace
Service Model magazine is included. Includes a correct unnumbered
Colt factory maroon box, recoil spring, spring guide, plunger, slide catch, extractor, and the previously mentioned magazine.
CONDITION: Excellent, the slide assembly retaining 95% plus of the original blue finish with some light slide retraction and edge wear. All components appear to be present and in functioning order. The box is very fine with some light edge/corner wear. Estimate: 1,600 - 2,500
by the Rampant Colt behind the serrations, caliber marking on the right, and Government Model marking over the serial number on the right of the frame. The trigger guard is marked “VP” and “I” on the left. The barrel has a polished chamber hood, the balance blued with “P/5” stamped on the bottom. Fitted with fixed blade and notch sights, checkered diamond pattern grips, and a two-tone magazine.
CONDITION: 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 high spots in the form of holster type wear. The grips are also very fine with a few scattered minor handling marks and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.
Provenance: The Mel Raucher Collection.
Estimate: 2,500 - 3,750

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