The story of this beautiful Colt is over a hundred years in the making and while no one knows its history from the first half of the century, the second has been nothing short of amazing.
An heirloom lost for decades and recently uncovered during renovations to the family home, the piece was found wrapped in newspaper, stashed amongst the rafters.
We don’t come across many Colt Model 1905’s these days, in-fact there has been fewer showing-up the last five years. Understandable considering production was fewer than sixty-three-hundred.
It’s estimated less than fifteen-hundred remain today so we’re pleased when given the opportunity to restore one to its full beauty.
When the piece first arrived, we found it shone worse in our client’s photos than in truly was. Though the grips were rotted to disintegration, the slide lock missing, bluing mostly gone and it shone all the bangs and dings that a century could produce, its metal was surprisingly clear of pitting or rust, the nomenclature was mostly intact and the bore was nothing if not in remarkably good condition. This was a gem and a true barn find.
This Colt was meticulously restored by hand in Master Service which was completed in just over four months.
We believe our efforts are proven in the results.
Part three of the Film Noir Series featuring this classic handgun. On this weeks special edition of Curators Corner, John Popp joins National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Phil Schreier for another Phil Noir segment in honor of November Film Noir Month. Schreier offers an overview of this dark, classic movie genre and displays a rare civilian model of the 1911 Colt .45, which features heavily in such noir masterpieces as The Maltese Falcon.