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Hi everyone

There is this 1913 built 1911 for sale locally here in Switzerland. Those very old 1911 don’t come up for sale often in my country, so I will take a look at it.

Photos are not great, but I will have a chance to see it in person next week I think.

Asking price is $2500 but it’s negotiable. The cheapest 1911 A1 go for $2000 here nowadays.

I am not sure if the finish is gone and it’s in the white or if it’s too much lightning and reflection from some indoor lightning.

Edit, seller tells me the finish is pretty much gone.

What do you guys think?










 

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Not a bad looking 1911 but as JohnnyP posted it sure looks like some one scrubbed the finish off.
I think this Colt may have developed some rust and somebody not knowing any better rubbed it off, when soaking in oil is the best, well the only thing to do.
The magazine might be worth a few bucks alone.
 

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This gun received a vinegar dip (or similar acid bath) while the hammer was removed. Or, the hammer was replaced at a later date than the dip.

As for value? The stripped finish would seriously diminish value here in the US, by 50% or more to most collectors. I suspect the same principle applies in Switzerland.
 

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Just me, but way to high if the photos are showing the finish (or lack of finish) correctly. Even if you got it cheap enough to refinish the scratches from removing the finish would have to be smoothed out or they would show.
 

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Just met the seller and saw the gun.

Almost all of the finish was indeed removed. However all the markings seem still strong, there are no deep pits, gouges or scratches, and it seems that whoever did that job at least did it fairly decently.

The gun also seems to be in very good mechanical condition with little internal wear, except for the inside of the barrel which is somewhat pitted.

I offered $1500 on a whim, he came down to $1800, and then I went up to $1600, telling him I could not pay more due to total lack of finish which pretty much ruined the collector value. He still wanted $1800 and offered to throw in a belt and a leather holster of unknown origin.

If I end up buying the gun, I would probably have it professionally reblued. It would not be an original gun any more, which it already isn’t, but it still make for a nice old 1911 at a reasonable price.





















 
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