I've been collecting 1911's for many years and have managed to find some very nice ones, both military and civilian. I've got a good friend who has a company that does estate sales. He calls me whenever there are some interesting firearms. So without his help I would be finding moth eaten clothes too!
This particular firearm belonged to a career Army officer who served from 1941 to 1961. He was a Lt. Col. in the engineers. He had two sons that were at the sale and I could not believe they didn't want to keep their father's sidearm. To be honest it actually made me mad. My father served in the Pacific during WWII and I can assure you if I had his sidearm that I would never consider selling it....not for any price.