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    WWI Veteran Honors My Windowsill

    This is the 1912 Model 1911 I inquired about back in February. It found its way to my windowsill. Based on the prior thread it appeared that everything was original, except the later two-tone magazine and the missing grip screws. I added some basic screws that allegedly came off of a 1918 model, which were listed on eBay.

    Here is the link I posted in February with the gun field stripped. https://www.coltforum.com/forums/col...-thoughts.html

    The gun also came with a WWII M1916 holster produced by Texas Tanning & Manufacturing Co. I need to figure how to safely remove the verdigris from the leather.













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    I use a wood toothpick to scrape it off around the rivets and then wipe with a clean cloth. That takes it off but it will come back. You just have to redo it every so often.
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    Excellent!
    I hope someday I could obtain one like that.

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    Great looking gun! Verdigris is nasty stuff. I often scrape it off and it reappears a year or so later. Sometimes you can just use a cotton cloth and wipe it hard and it will be removed to an acceptable level. It is the rust of brass. It eventually will eat away enough brass so the rivet will fail. I have seen a few eaten in half. It is the reaction of the tanning chemical in the leather with the brass. It never seems to affect steel.
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    This all started with one gun!
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    Try not to spread the verdigris when you clean it off. It is virtually impossible to remove it from the leather if it gets wiped in. As mentioned above, a toothpick works for removing the worst, and then carefully clean with a rag.

    It is not uncommon to see brads separated and pushed off the leather if the verdigris is allowed to develop. Occasionally you will see pistol or revolver stocks with verdigris growing around the medallions in wood stocks.
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    The grip screws used look good. Congratulations on acquiring a pretty nice pistol!
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    Thanks for sharing, the window is very lucky !

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    A superb historical acquisition Sir

    Congrats...!!

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    That is beautiful.


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    Fingernails or a toothpick will take care of verdigris. ..A coat of Renaissance wax afterwards will help keep it in check..
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