Rare 'almost mint' Singer WW2 revolver hits €17,000 in German auction
Rare 'almost mint' Singer WW2 revolver hits 17,000 in German auction
The Singer 1911s never reached mass production in 1941, making this one an exceptional find...
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 armyrevolver 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.
The Singer 1911, of which just 500 examples were made in 1941
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.
The gun boasts its original blue-black high gloss finish
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.