Not too long ago, you used to be able to buy Colt Commemorative 1911 A1s - like the various WWI & WWII Commems - for much less that the regular production models. When I got this one cheap, there weren't any of the 1911 clones around - just expensive customs. Later, I acquired two of the Springfield clones, but prefer my gaudy Colt, and so, handed off the S'fields.
Here is a photo of a Colt PTO Commem. with about a dozen drop-in parts, checkered rosewood grips, and Novak Combat Sights. Colt Commemorative collectors squeal at my blasphemy, but I love it as a fine shooter! Besides, I like nickle-plated 1911s - they look really big and formitable in low light.
I have over 200 smith&Wesson's, but my heart and true love is with the COLT 1911. When my life is on the line I will go to my 1911. When I go to the range my 1911's go with me. You can call me a heretic but thats how I feel.
Well, okay, I don't do pictures. There were only three years that Ithaca made the 1911 - 1943, 1944 and 1945. But, and this is a big butt! , there were 6 serial number blocks three of which overlapped years of production. Except for three that fell entirely within one year. So, I ended up buying a total of nine just to make sure I had one from each year of production. Probably doesn't make sense to some who aren't as anal as I am about getting things right but, that's the way it is. Okay, so I'm not as anal as I pretend. There are about 60 Ithacas out there that were assembled in December of 1942 from "borrowed & bought" parts from various sources. I discount those 'cause I'm in denial. That plus my chances of latching onto one of them is slim to none.
QC, one of my colt's is in one of the ithaca serial ranges. some mix up at springfield armory caused about 120-130,000 guns to have duplicate serial numbers. my early, first contract ithaca looks like it was michined in a first year high school machine shop class.
sorry i haven't figured out the pic thing either. i can email them to someone if they want to post them.