The story of this beautiful Colt 1905 is over a hundred years in the making and while no one knows the story of the first half-century, the second half is pretty amazing.
A family heirloom lost for decades, only recently recovered during renovations to the family home. The Colt was found wrapped in newspaper and stashed amongst the rafters.
We don’t come across many Colt Model 1905’s these days and there has been fewer showing-up the last five years. To be expected with total production numbers under sixty-three-hundred.
We estimate there are fewer than fifteen-hundred remaining today so we’re happy whenever we have a chance to see one, let-alone bring one back from inconsequence.
When the piece first arrived, we found it shown a bit worse in the client’s photos than in actuality. Though the grips were rotting to the point of disintegration, the slide lock missing, bluing mostly gone with the usual bangs and dents, the metal was surprisingly devoid of pitting or rust, the nomenclature mostly intact and a bore in very good condition. A gem of a barn find.
As in all pin-off restorations, each component of this Colt has been meticulously restored by hand in a process which lasted just over four months.
We believe the 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.