What I don't like is the serial number. UMC serial numbers and prefixes weren't too deeply struck to begin with. This gun has been refinished and the prefix and serial number look absolutely undisturbed...as though they were applied after the resurfacing was done. I don't see anything disturbed about the prefix or the number 4. Those markings just look way to uniform to me. That strikes me as wrong.
I'm going to be very interested to see where the bidding goes on this pistol.
I have a UMC that was restored by Turnbull. I bought it that way from an estate
sale several years ago. It was in the first shipment sent to Springfield Armory in
August 1918. Turnbull did a really great job on it.
The one shown by Mark unfortunately was badly treated by whomever did the
"restoration" work. It looks really rough. However it's already up over $2k
perhaps due to it being #4 -- but that by itself doesn't thrill me. I also agree
with Scott, the serial number doesn't look right to me either.