Chumlee made a terrible joke about a dead guy when talking to the guy. All visible serial numbers match, 188382, indicating a manufacture date in 1861. I authorize Julien's Auctions to charge my credit card provided at registration for all items purchased at this auction, and any future Julien's Auctions I may participate in, if not paid in full within 10 calendar days after the close of the auction. So I give the man my number and we talk a bit about this pistol. I watched another Cajun Pawn Stars last night where a guy brought in a Civil War lap desk and two journals.
It should be on there by 1861 but isn't on the earlier barrel as can be seen below. I saw that one and had to laugh. Written consent must acknowledge the terms and conditions of sale. I can't think of a worse place to sell anything than a pawn shop but a lot of people do. And the grips are not held on the same. I have never used a pawn shop. You could also post an inquiry on the Colt forum, for some feedback by the pros.
And you're right about the front sight. It was a pretty gun, with a nice blue and had, not checkered grips, but high polished or laminated smooth wood grips which I preferred and thought were especially handsome. I took it to that museum, you can tell how long ago that was, try walking into a bank with a shotgun now. Anybody ever heard of it or know its value? I have to restore it to 100% original condition. If you watch Pawn Stars, or either of the other pawn shows, you'll see the trend.
But another serial number was 938. Another beautiful week in Las Vegas, as the highs were generally in the 60's and lows in the upper 30's to lower 40's. Im sure Rick got back in touch with the guy to give him some more money. Of course the store isn't going to offer anywhere near retail or true value of the gun. A couple of months ago, while visiting my son in another state, we went into a gun store and saw the M1911 pistol below. Craig came to be the expert and said it was very rare and valuable.
The diploma was given to the top 8 finishers of an event. He owns Trapdoors Galore in Las Vegas. Don't even get me started on SoG. Rick has the unique abilty to end every statement with a laugh. I ran outside and there he was! Maybe I will go stand out front of Dad's and offer to buy the stuff before the people go in.
The front sight has been modified some I see. During a live auction the auctioneer may open any lot by bidding on behalf of the Consignor and may bid up to the amount of the reserve, by placing successive or consecutive bids for a lot or bids in response to other bidders. The main spring broke a couple of years ago and I finally decided to fix the thing. The Pawn Stars crew are some pretty cheap too. The screw that retains the cylinder pin indicates it was made before 1892 unless it is a repro.
The expert pointed out that very few relics survived the fire. The old guy in the show is Kieth Rush. Manning who owned that gun was born in New York in May 1825 and did not live in Georgia. I am not an expert at Colt's 1911s but I believe I was able to glean enough information to ascertain the gun isn't a 1943 gun but in fact it's a 1917 Ser 160xxx made 1911 in near mint condition and it is as tight as any new Colt I have ever seen. I had 1003 and 1005, but pissed them away in trades long ago. The front screw on the trigger guard protrudes because it's an incorrect replacement that's probably modern and is too long.
In addition, there will be an additional 3% buyer's premium charged for any lots won online. The gun was an antique, black-powder alarm gun like you find on old, 19th-Century catalogs. These were used for replacements during overhauls or in the field. If something is given to you and you sell it, you sure won't give it away. Is there a serial number marked on the interior portion of the grip? Many had a blued backstrap and trigger guard, not brass. There are several experienced Colt restorers who will give you a quote for a small fee and shipping cost.