This was a WW2 rebuild when I got it. The frame was made in 1913, the slide was a M1911A1, and the barrel was made by
Springfield Armory. The finish was Parkerizing.
I wanted to get the original parts and restore it, so began looking for a pre 1914 slide. These are not available! I settled for
putting WW1 era parts on it. I got a M1911 slide, and a WW1 barrel with an 'H' and 'P' on it, pitted inside. The pistol had
serrated parts , so I replaced them with new checkered hammer, safety, clip release button, and mainspring housing. When
shooting it, the pistol will hit the target (somewhere) at 50 yards.
Refinishing was next. I had a collection of parkerized, blued, and bare metal parts, with worn grips. Restoring it to like-new
condition was not feasible, so I removed the finish on all parts, and put them in Brownell's Oxph-blue, the cold bluing solution.
This is not a durable, perfect finish, and it sort of wiped off, staying only in the texture of the metal. All the parts looked the
same, though, and I keep it oiled. I think it looks as though it went through WW1.
The last thing I did was to get an old cigar box to put it in, plus postcards, European coins made around WW1, plus other stuff.
I found that the cigar box would fit in a WW1 backpack if the cracker boxes and meat tins were left out.