Any suggestions as to how clean and care for these old grips? I have a set on a GI 1911 made in 1917 and wonder what I should do if anything to clean them without removing the color or damaging that old wood and help to preserve them as well?
I was faced with the exact same scenario with the same pistol, even the year.
I used a soft dishwashing brush, some joy dishwashing soap, and water. They came out nice and clean and no problems. Just don't spend a lot of time on them a let them absorb a lot of water. Dry them with a soft towel and let them air dry.
I didn't do anything other than that and here's what they look like after cleaning.
By the way, I found this in a shop and got it for $400.00!!
That is one of the earliest 1917s I have seen. If you get a chance, could you post the markings on the barrel lug and in front of the lug? I assume that the barrel has the vertically oriented "H P" visible through the ejection port. Best Karl