The Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless (not to be confused with the Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammer) is a .32 ACP caliber, self-loading, semi-automatic pistol designed by John Browning and built by Colt Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company of Hartford, Connecticut. The Colt Model 1908 Pocket Hammerless is a variant introduced five years later in .380 ACP caliber. Despite the title 'Hammerless', the Model 1903 does have a hammer. It is covered and hidden from view under the rear of the slide. This allowed the pistol to be carried in, and withdrawn from, a pocket quickly and smoothly without snagging.
Approximately 570,000 Colt Pocket Hammerless pistols were
produced from 1903 to 1945, in five different types,
British Military Issue
These are quite common in British Military Service, the ones issued after WWI often bear Enfield inspectors marks, this example, only has a braod arrow on the front of the slide, which leads me to believe subjectively these were part of the miscellaneous pistols purchased during WWII.
This example retains almost all of its blued finish. The bore is slightly frosted. The serial number dates this example to 1907
A rare British Military Issued Secondary Pistol