My mother recently inherited a pistol from my late grandfather. He was a Lieutenant and Post Commander with the Michigan State Police, and received the pistol for a retirement gift in 1976 or '77. It is a Colt 1911 .45 with engraving on the slide. The engraving is quite extensive, and depicts (IIRC) an antique MSP cruiser, a horse-mounted MSP trooper, something else I can't remember, and extensive scroll-work. The gun is in the original box with the original manual and the safety warning tag is still tethered to the trigger guard by some string. The box included one original magazine. This pistol has never been fired or even loaded. The action has been cycled a few times by hand. I'm pretty sure my grandpa put this in his safe and basically forgot about it. But wait, there's MORE! On the side of the slide is engraved "1 of 1608"!
I will be able to get some pics of the pistol itself uploaded within a day or two. I have been unable to find out very much about this pistol other than what I just said, and that pretty much came from the highly technical research method called "looking at it". Can anybody tell me anything else about this pistol or the series? Does anybody have any idea what it is worth? We will not be selling it, but I am certainly curious. It's probably worth more than what my grandpa paid for the house he was living in when he was in the MSP!
This picture is of the label on the side of the box; please stay tuned for some pics of the pistol itself. I promise they will be worth the wait...
[edited to correct retirement year.]
[edited to add more photos.]