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Old 01-25-2020, 04:22 PM
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WW2 Ithaca

Hi everyone. I inherited a collection of firearms from my grandfather and this Ithaca 1911 was part of it. Just wanted to share and take in knowledge and opinions on condition or value anyone might have on it. Thank you all! It will be cherished forever.
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Old 01-25-2020, 04:41 PM
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Looks like a very nice, high-condition example. Between that and the Lugers I'm seeing I'd say your grandfather had exquisite tastes in firearms. He was lucky to have had a family member to pass them down to. Unfortunately I'm probably going to have to will mine to a third party because all my relatives would much sooner have the police throw them in a blast furnace.
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Old 01-25-2020, 04:47 PM
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Looks like a very nice, high-condition example. Between that and the Lugers I'm seeing I'd say your grandfather had exquisite tastes in firearms. He was lucky to have had a family member to pass them down to. Unfortunately I'm probably going to have to will mine to a third party because all my relatives would much sooner have the police throw them in a blast furnace.
His collection meant everything to him sir thank you. He loved all of WW2 history and militaria and I’m blessed to have received some of his collection. And that makes me very sad to hear, I hope you can find some good friends or someone who will truly take pride in your collection! Thank you
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Old 01-25-2020, 07:07 PM
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Looks like a very nice, high-condition example. Between that and the Lugers I'm seeing I'd say your grandfather had exquisite tastes in firearms. He was lucky to have had a family member to pass them down to. Unfortunately I'm probably going to have to will mine to a third party because all my relatives would much sooner have the police throw them in a blast furnace.
dsk, haven't I told you that I'm up for adoption??
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Old 01-25-2020, 07:09 PM
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Very nice Ithaca, OP! Sorry to hear of your grandfather's passing, but like dsk said, at least he had someone to pass them to that cares about them.
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Old 01-25-2020, 07:21 PM
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Very nice Ithaca, OP! Sorry to hear of your grandfather's passing, but like dsk said, at least he had someone to pass them to that cares about them.
I appreciate that man, I’m a very blessed man that’s forsure.
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Old 01-25-2020, 09:01 PM
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A very high condition pistol.
Ithaca shipped out of sequence serial numbers until May1944. Your pistol would have shipped sometime between 4February44-18April1944. Presuming the innards and small parts are in similar condition and are original to the pistol. I'd say it's a $3000 pistol all day long.
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Old 01-25-2020, 09:09 PM
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A very high condition pistol.
Ithaca shipped out of sequence serial numbers until May1944. Your pistol would have shipped sometime between 4February44-18April1944. Presuming the innards and small parts are in similar condition and are original to the pistol. I'd say it's a $3000 pistol all day long.
Thank you sir and I appreciate that information, I didn’t know they shipped out of sequence serial numbers. And I would’ve never guessed it would be of that value.
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Old 01-25-2020, 09:41 PM
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Incredible Ithaca and a very nice collection to help remember your grandfather
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Old 01-25-2020, 11:00 PM
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BTW don't forget to post pics of them Lugers... we like looking at those too.
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Old 01-25-2020, 11:19 PM
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BTW don't forget to post pics of them Lugers... we like looking at those too. [IMG class=inlineimg]https://forums.1911forum.com/images/smilies/smile.gif[/IMG]
Absolutely! 1 is currently in my aunts possession so I don’t have any up close pics of her yet.
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Old 01-25-2020, 11:20 PM
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Incredible Ithaca and a very nice collection to help remember your grandfather
Thank you very much!
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Old 01-26-2020, 10:23 AM
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Very nice collection Matt, some of my favorite's. Never had a PPK, but always thought that I should have one some day. Nice way to remember your grandfather.
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Old 01-26-2020, 10:34 AM
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Nice Luger. I noticed the magazine serial number matches the pistol. You don't see that very often.
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Old 01-26-2020, 10:41 AM
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Very nice collection Matt, some of my favorite's. Never had a PPK, but always thought that I should have one some day. Nice way to remember your grandfather.
Much appreciated! PPK’s just have that classic look for some reason.
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Old 01-26-2020, 10:42 AM
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Nice Luger. I noticed the magazine serial number matches the pistol. You don't see that very often.
Thank you, and no you don’t I’m very fortunate!
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Old 01-26-2020, 10:50 AM
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Wow. Mine is less than 1000 numbers below yours. Probably made during the same week.



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Old 01-26-2020, 10:52 AM
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Wow. Mine is less than 1000 numbers below yours. Probably made during the same week.



Very nice man, It looks to be in awesome condition as well!
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Old 01-29-2020, 09:06 AM
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Congratulations on your ITHACA but also on your MAUSER P08, to me that looks really nice, still looking in pristine condition.
That Luger hasn't seen much action since 1940.
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Old 01-29-2020, 08:27 PM
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Congratulations on your ITHACA but also on your MAUSER P08, to me that looks really nice, still looking in pristine condition.
That Luger hasn't seen much action since 1940.
Much appreciated man! The condition does seem to be good according to people.
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Old 01-29-2020, 09:57 PM
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Its one of the prettiest I've ever seen, including in books. It appears to have never been issued.
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Old 01-29-2020, 10:57 PM
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Its one of the prettiest I've ever seen, including in books. It appears to have never been issued.
I wish there was a way to find out if it has or hasn’t. Quite the compliment though thank you.
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Old 01-30-2020, 06:08 PM
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I can't help myself given that two other Lugers were shown.
Mine is a BYF 41, an observed, all serial numbers matching pistol except for the magazine which is correctly marked for the time period. I do have the original holster, a second magazine and the disassembly tool as well.
The pistol was given to me by my father who served in Italy during WWII. According to him, the pistol was captured from a Wehrmacht Major at a well defended, key road intersection near the Italian/Austrian border at the late stages of the war. My father was a Bomb Disposal Officer and had just cleared the road intersection of unexploded US bombs dropped the previous day. The Infantry company commander presented the pistol to my dad as a token of gratitude from both he and his men.
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Old 01-30-2020, 07:56 PM
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I can't help myself given that two other Lugers were shown.
Mine is a BYF 41, an observed, all serial numbers matching pistol except for the magazine which is correctly marked for the time period. I do have the original holster, a second magazine and the disassembly tool as well.
The pistol was given to me by my father who served in Italy during WWII. According to him, the pistol was captured from a Wehrmacht Major at a well defended, key road intersection near the Italian/Austrian border at the late stages of the war. My father was a Bomb Disposal Officer and had just cleared the road intersection of unexploded US bombs dropped the previous day. The Infantry company commander presented the pistol to my dad as a token of gratitude from both he and his men.
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Wow that thing amazing man, and the fact that you know the story and it was presented to your father is incredible! Thank you for sharing.
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Old 01-30-2020, 08:38 PM
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what's the other 1911 pictured?
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