Blue Book of Gun Values, 28th Edition, Page 1531
.45 HAND EJECTIOR (MODEL OF 1917) -
.45 Hand Ejector Military -
100% - $1,850
98% - $1,75
95% - $1,450
90% - $1,200
80% - $1,000
70% - $875
60% - $750
Add 25% for early military mfg. with concentric groove cut inside of hammer.
Now.....about the inspector's stamp. From the Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson....
"Various inspector's markings have been observed and usually
include an eagle's head stamp with a letter and number combination.
Early issue revolvers in a serial range of 1 -c.42000 usually
will have a "GHS" marking indicating Major Gilbert H. Stewart as an inspector. Middle issue revolvers in a range of 42000 until April 1918 usually
have a Springfield Armory flaming bomb. Late issue from April 1918 to the end of military wartime production are found with the eagle's head and an "S" number. The letter/number combinations S1, S2, S3, S4, S6, S9, S24, S27, and S34 have been observed on various examples of Model 1917s. These numbers indicate various assistant inspectors." (italics are mine - XR)
Now for a bit of Xracer's Trivial Gun History
! As we all know, in order to produce enough handguns for our troops in WWI, (in addition to the M1911) Uncle Sam gave both Colt and S&W contracts to produce their large frame revolvers in .45ACP. No problem for Colt. The knew what the Military wanted and started cranking em' out cheap and fast.
S&W on the other hand, continued to make hand-fitted and finely finished guns, and, as a result, fell far behind on their contract numbers. The Gov't told S&W, "Don't make 'em so good....make 'em FAST
!" Smith tried, but just couldn't hack it.....so the U.S. Government stepped in and actually took over the management
of the Smith & Wesson plant.
During the Gov't takeover, naturally there was some confusion. As a result, during this period a number of guns were made with anomalous markings (some with extra markings, some with missing markings.)
So.....if you have no inspection marks, you may have one of these "Confusion Specials".