Ugly Gun Sunday
This poor old M1911 has suffered a terrible fate. Not only has it been nickeled, but several of the small parts have been gold plated. Then some miscreant slapped Paraordnance grips on it, tacking them down with Allen head screws for that true custom look.
At one time, this Colt was a proud defender of a US soldier. It would be collectible, even if it had next to no original finish, as long as it was not altered. As a finish worn and scarred up battle veteran, it would have been worth at least $900-$1000, possibly more. With the US Property mark and Colt logo removed, it would still be worth more in it's original finish, however worn it might be. With the surfaces polished and nickeled, the value dropped by half. With the gold trim, the value can be divided by half once again.
Then some guy named J.A. Oiler decided to sign this messterpiece on the right side of the slide.
With each change in this M1911, the value was decreased. But with some nickel on the gilded small parts, and a set of walnut checkered grips, this gaudy gallimaufry might at least be brought into harmony.