"bearcat6":I just wanted to brag about this S&W 1917 I recently found. It's the cleanest one I've ever seen, even the lanyard ring is still case hardened. It must have spent it's service life in the armory.
Bluing looks more right in that photo...bluer, more translucent like the gas oven/carbonia style of the era. I'd give anything to know how to do that process.Mr Marlowe, I'm going to post another picture taken in full sunshine, maybe that will help. Yes the butt is marked with the usual US Army and a number, and us property under the barrel. You are right there is no inspector's mark above the cylinder release. There is and eagle head with a number or perhaps initials, I can't make it out, on the back of the cylinder, there are also those same eagle heads on the frame by the serial number and on the bottom of the barrel under the ejector rod. I'm not sure what you mean by the cylider stop lug. The frame mounted bolt is in the white, and the pin that releases the cylinder. I meant to mention in the OP that I put new grips on it as the ones it came with were S&W commercial checkered grips, the fellow I bought this from thought it was the commercial model despite the US markings. The grips I put on it came fom Numrich. also white.