Correct, and to put a little finer point on it...the formal name is the Ordnance Escutcheon. It consists of a cannoneers belt around crossed cannons. It was applied to lots of U.S. martial arms, not just M1911A1 pistols. The "flaming bomb," aka "shell and flame" is known formally as the Ordnance Insignia and was also used on quite a few U.S. martial arms. The commercial company known as Springfield Armory appropriated the escutcheon as their logo.Not 'Springfield Armory' - it's the Ordnance 'wheel' found on the M1911A1s as an acceptance stamp.
I have been told that no guns were shipped in a block after 1943, was this a block of guns in a serial range?One of 400 on an OSS contract. That gun is still way under the money. Very few of these are known.
There are some red flags on this gun. As always, due diligence is warranted.
Whether the OSS ever used them isn't even a consideration as to their market value, and in fact the better the condition the higher the price. Just like some of the Colt Pocket Hammerless, the fact they were OSS shipped is all the pedigree they need. Maybe most still exist, or maybe most were reduced to scrap metal during the huge weapons destruction of the Clinton years. The market still finds them highly desirable.Sold today for $14,000 + 18%. (Not to me.)
I found that other examples sold at auction in the low $20Ks.
Personally, I find the collecting interest in this model a bit extreme. Internet research indicates that some 400 were delivered in 1945 to the government. So, they clearly didn't really get any OSS use during the war. Apparently not many have shown up, so they are rare. But the residue of that 400 is probably just sitting there in some crates in that giant government warehouse, right next to the Arc of the Covenant.
Thanks to the experts here for enlightening me on what was going on here. I was very curious.
The OSS ceased operations and was disbanded at the end of September 1945. If the pistol in question was shipped in 1946 it must have been ordered before operations ceased and the order didn't get cancelled or was redirected to another agency.