I have a good friend that has a Model 1917 too, interesting is that it has the N stamps.Beautiful example! Your decision not to shoot this piece was wise and prudent.
I know there are a couple members on this forum whom I'm pretty sure fit that bill. I met recently a small gun store owner who showed me pictures of his "vault". Over 1250 firearms, same thing. One of everything, pre WWI -Cold War military. Including class 3 stuff. He's been at it for 40 years, and owning a store with walk in's coming all the time. That's how you really get the best pickings!The owner of this Modele 1917 has an unbelievable collection. He told me once that he has "One of everything.........I think?"