World Trade Center Steel Arsenal 1:2 scale 1911A1 – Functional

Categories: Collectibles, Handguns

This piece, one of only eleven is constructed of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks; it is a fully functional 1:2 scale 1911A1 created by the masters at Miniature Arsenal.

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This piece, one of only eleven available, is a remarkable intersection of human history and fine art. Constructed of provenanced steel salvaged from the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks, it is a fully functional 1:2 scale 1911A1 created by the masters at Miniature Arsenal.

Miniature Arsenal has continued the tradition set forth by royalty for centuries. Collecting and gifting miniature weapons became widespread in the 17th century and remains in practice today, specifically with specimens crafted from Miniature Arsenal’s workshop. Unlike budget-scaled models, the artists at Miniature Arsenal create fully operational arms. The watch-like precision and impeccable attention to detail have their creations sought after by discerning collectors and aristocrats worldwide.

The aftermath of the attacks on 9/11 saw 1.8 million tons of debris removed from Ground Zero, including an estimated 300,000 tons of steel. Of the steel wreckage, 1,890 fragments were collected in Hangar 17 at the JFK Airport, and from 2010 to 2016, the NY Port Authority donated these “artifacts” across the globe to erect memorials remembering those lost. The US Navy used another 7.5 tons of steel to construct the USS New York warship. Tragically, this is where the dignity deserved by such material largely met its end.

In the haste to clear rubble, much of the steel wreckage was sold at bargain prices to China, India, and South Korea to be recycled. Hundreds of twisted steel were taken by boat to Asia and melted into kitchenware or raw building materials. This is an unsatisfactory and undeserving end to the tangible consequence of 9/11.  Fortunately, this years-long project has forged a more suitable destiny and has finally restored dignity.  While diminutive in size at only 4.2 inches long and 5 ounces, this Damascus piece adds a unique narrative to 9/11’s saga on a grand scale.

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