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Coltautos.com Gun of the Month - December 2015
Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP sn 318150
shipped to Jardine Matheson Company, Shanghai, China

Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP serial number 318150 - One of 36 pistols shipped to Jardine Matheson Company, Shanghai, China on November 14, 1919.  Pistol has a blue finish and Colt hard rubber stocks.  Accompanying this pistol is brown leather British flap holster that's been converted from a hip holster to a shoulder holster.

Jardine Matheson Company, Shanghai, China

The Jardine Matheson Building on the Bund, Shanghai
Image source: Virtual Cities Project (Institut d'Asie Orientale) at www.virtualshanghai.net

Jardine Matheson was a British owned department store and was the largest private department store in the British Concession of Shanghai.  It stocked these pistols not for sale to the Chinese people, but to the British Residents of the British Concession. The holster that accompanies it lends itself to the probability that it was used by one of the British police officers that patrolled the British Concession.

Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP serial number 318150 - Right side view

Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP serial number 318150 - Left side view pictured with shoulder holster.


 

Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP serial number 318150 - inside of shoulder holster.

Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP serial number 318150 - rear view of shoulder holster showing where belt loop was removed and olive drab canvas strap was added.

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