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Pistol - Colt Government Model Semi-Automatic, Cal. .455 Webley, 1913 Object Reg. No: ST 025731

Colt Government Model semi-automatic pistol, cal. .455 Webley, 7 shot magazine located in butt, chequered wooden grips with vacant diamonds upper and lower. It was presented to Colonel. H.W. Grimwade when he left for the front in 1915 by the staff at Felton Grimwade & Co.

Serial number W 21920, 1913.

Colonel Harold Grimwade was a partner with his two brothers in the pharmaceutical and manufacturing firm of Felton Grimwade & Co. When war broke out in 1914 he left the business to become chief embarkation officer for the Australian Imperial Force in Victoria. In August 1915 he formed the 4th Field Artillery Brigade, taking it to Egypt and France. In 1916 he took command of the 3rd Division Artillery with the rank of brigadier general. He was four times mentioned in dispatches, was appointed C.M.G. (Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George) in 1917, C.B. (Companion of the Order of the Bath) in 1918, and received a Croix de Guerre. He earned two nicknames: in the army 'Grim Death' and in business 'the General'.

The Government Model was a variant of the Model 1911. This pistol was imported from Colt's by Alcock and Pierce, Melbourne. It was shipped to Melbourne on 14 August 1915 as one of 6 similar guns in shipment. See report from Colt Archive Properties, 22 March 2007.
Colt Model 1911 semi-automatic pistol, cal. .455 Webley, 7 shot magazine located in butt, chequered wooden grips with vacant diamonds upper and lower, lanyard ring in butt with attached leather cord. Steel frame and slide in factory blued finish with slight wear around muzzle,

The 'W' prefix to the serial number denotes that it was manufactured for the .455 Webley round and made under British contract. Those serial numbers prefixed by a 'C' were made for the .45ACP round.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Melbourne University Regiment, 1965
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 13.50 cm (Height), 3.10 cm (Width), 21.50 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Barrel length: 12.30cm

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Tagged with: pistols american, 937946, w40802
Themes this item is part of: Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co., Gunmakers, Hartford, Connecticut, USA, Arms Collection, Samuel Colt, Gunmaker (1814-1862), Colt Firearms in Colonial Victoria, 1850-1900
Primary Classification: ARMS & ARMOUR
Secondary Classification: Firearms
Tertiary Classification: handguns
Inscriptions: Stamped on slide L.H.side: PATENTED APR.20.1897. SEPT.9.1902/ DEC.19.1905. FEB.14.1911. AUG.19.1913.
Stamped on slide L.H.side: COLT'S PT.F.A.MFG.CO,/ HARTFORD. CT. U.S.A.
Stamped on slide L.H.side: Colt logo of a rampant horse.
Stamped on slide R.H.side: COLT AUTOMATIC/ CALIBRE 455
Stamped on frame R.H.side: GOVERNMENT MODEL/ W 21920
Stamped on barrel at ejector cut-out: P
Stamped on L.H. side of trigger guard: VP framed in an inverted triangle
Stamped on L.H. side of trigger guard: R

Serial No. -
Frame R.H.side: W 21920
Model Name/Number: 1911
Manufacturer: Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co, Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America, 1913
Importer: Alcock & Pierce, Gunmakers & Importers, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1915
Presented By: Felton, Grimwade & Co. Pty. Ltd., Victoria, Australia, 1915
Presented To: Mr Harold Grimwade, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1915


John Goddard Posted on 28 Jul 2010 12:44 PM
This is a Model 1911 not a 1911A1. The 1911A1 was not introduced until 1926.
Discovery Centre Posted on 29 Jul 2010 12:54 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Thanks very much for this, John - we've forwarded your correction to the curator responsible for this collection.
James McNair Posted on 08 May 2014 3:19 AM
This is not a model 1911, this term only applies to examples manufactured for .45acp calibre. Those made for the British Govt , either direct or via other agencies should strictly speaking be called a 'Government Model'.
Anthony G D Woodwark Posted on 24 Mar 2015 10:12 AM
Nice gun, they shoot well and are quite accurate.I have my uncle's who was in the RAF and was issued it when flying Short Singapore Flying boats over China in the 1930's. Magazines are the rarest items to source.

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