We've already reported on the 1902 Parabellum Carbine gun which doubled its pre-sale estimate to bring €18,000 at Hermann Historica's October 11-12 fine antique and modern firearms auction.
And hot on its heels was a United States army revolver from World War Two. Produced in 1941, this Singer 1911 handgun bears the engraving "UNITED STATES POPERTY M 1911 A1 US ARMY" on its right side.
On its left side is the frame inspector's mark "JKC", underneath grip panel marked "CAT 10556". Features on the gun include a mainspring housing with fine ribbing, and hammer spur "[also] with very fine ribbing" according to the lot notes.
With only 500 of these models ever produced (serial numbers ranging from S800001-S800500), it's extremely rare to find one in almost mint condition like this example.
It's generally understood that the Singer 1911s never reached mass production. A few samples were built for demonstration purposes before the war ended and production was cancelled.
Boasting a bright board and its complete and original blue-black high gloss finish - albeit with minimal wear along its slide - the gun auctioned with an estimate of €9,500, eventually bringing €17,000.
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