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If we collect Colt we probably collect other Colt stuff. Right? I do a lot of other Colt things and here is some odd ones. Aluminum I think. Don't see many. Anyone know who made these? Thanks, Joe

Fit Colt medium frame:
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Two styles for small Colt G Frame:
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Fitted to large frame Colt New Service:
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I think this set is for a Colt Woodsman but are unfinished. Need some grinding to fit frame and holes driilled and tapped for screw.
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As above, pewter?

Up until the 1930's aluminum was actually a fairly rare material.
In the early 1900's aluminum was considered to be a very expensive and rare metal, to the point that expensive fountain pens and jewelry were made of it.

If the grips are solid and not heavy they're probably aluminum. If heavy or hollowed out on the inside, probably pewter or Zinc alloy.

Just as a guess, I'd bet that the grips are post-war.
 

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Have the familiar oxidized look of aluminium; all holster makers until this century used aluminium castings of pistols for molding, we've seen a lot of 'em that include the checkered grips.
 

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I like the old Colt Stocks!

They look really good..!

My guess, is back when, guys sometimes made these for themselves...and or maybe even the High School Metal Shops as they once were. may have seen a few be Cast up and finished now and then.

I do not think they were ever offered Commercially.

Some info here on the History of Aluminum -

https://www.aluminiumleader.com/history/industry_history/
 

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First model Woodsman. I had a set of wood grips shaped just like these. They actually make for a good feeling grip shape!
 

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Oye, I was thinking not a factory also. The Colt logo gives that credence, they never made any in Aluminum, and they wouldn't allow any business to use their name on some. So probably a mold was made, then cast from a set of grips someone had.
 

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Here is pictures of the inside of the medium frame pair (1st pictures above). Note the "A5" engraved into the right hand stock. None of my others have any markings. Commercially made? Thanks, Joe

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The internal marking does suggest these were commercially made.
When, where, and by who is a question.
They seem to have a rather 50's or early 60's look about them.
 

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Aluminum Shrinks about 6 percent when Cast, so any Mold entity has to anticipate this and be that much larger.

This makes it difficult then to reproduce exact items from an 'original'.

So...I am not sure how some of these were done.
 
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