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Colt - 1849

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Estimated Price: $20,000 - $40,000
Rare Rosewood Cased, Factory Engraved, Inscribed Colt Factory Presentation Model 1849 Pocket Revolver with Carved Ivory Grips
Serial # ManufacturerColt Model1849
TypeRevolver Gauge31 Percussion Catalog Page102
Barrel Length6 Inch Octagon FinishBlue/casehardened GripIvory Carved
Stock ClassAntique RatingSee Condition
DescriptionThis is a rare example of a Factory Engraved Presentation Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver that was manufactured in 1855. The revolver has a high polish blue finish on the barrel, color casehardened loading lever, hammer and frame and silver-plated brass trigger guard and back strap. The left side of the one-piece ivory grip is relief-carved with a bust of a European dragoon in a helmet with eagle crest. An identical ivory grip is pictured on the presentation Model 1849 revolver serial number "140372" illustrated on page 57 of "THE BOOK OF COLT ENGRAVING" by R.L. Wilson. The revolver is decorated with deluxe Germanic scroll engraving executed by Gustave Young. The engraving features Young's trademark animal head concealed in the scrollwork on the left side of the barrel lug and hound's head motif on the sides of the hammer. The engraving coverage includes the screw heads and wedge. The punch-dot used by Colt to identify components selected for engraving or special finish is stamped below the serial number on the frame, trigger guard and back strap. The top of the barrel is engraved "SamL Colt" in Old English letters in a panel with engraved borders. "COLTS/PATENT" is engraved in a panel on the left side of the frame. The back strap is engraved in script with the presentation "D.L. STONE/From Colts P.F.A. Mfg. Co." The hammer has bordered knurling on the spur. The five-shot cylinder is roll-engraved with the Stagecoach Holdup scene and "COLTS PATENT". The full serial number "109089" is located on the bottom of the barrel lug, frame, trigger guard, back strap and cylinder. The loading lever is stamped with the partial serial number "9089". All of the visible serial numbers match. The revolver is complete with a factory rosewood case and accessories. The case has a brass inscription plate inlaid in the lid and has five compartments lined with purple velvet. The case contains: (1) a black japanned, 250 cap tin of Eley Bros percussion caps with green paper label, (2) brass, double cavity bullet mold with bright finished sprue cutter marked "COLT'S/PATENT" (M#19 Rapley), (3) blued, "L"-shaped combination screw-driver and nipple wrench, (4) Eagle and Shield powder flask with fixed charger and "COLT'S PATENT" embossed above two rows of stars on the brown lacquered body (F#26 Rapley) and (5) key. The Model 1849 Pocket Model Revolver was Samuel Colt's favorite presentation piece!

ConditionVery fine. The revolver retains 70% of the original blue on the barrel. There is 85% silver-plated finish remaining on the grip straps. The only significant finish loss is on the cylinder which has a silver gray patina but retains nearly all of the original Stagecoach Holdup scene. The loading lever, frame and hammer have 80% of the subdued color casehardened finish remaining. The trigger guard and back strap have only light-moderate finish wear. The highly detailed, impeccably executed scroll engraving is crisp. The screws are free from battering. The relief carving on the left side of the ivory grip shows minimal handling wear. The grip is slightly yellowed from age and has several hair-line age cracks in the butt. There is a reglued hairline crack present on the right side of the grip that runs from the butt to the top of the grip. The action requires repair as the trigger return spring is broke. The exterior and interior of the case are both fine. The lining is very fine and lightly faded; wear is limited to light compression marks from contact with the revolver and accessories. The cap tin is excellent with a bright label and all of the lacquer finish. The bullet mold is very good; the sprue cutter has most of the bright finish with crisp markings. The screw-driver retains 70% of the original finish. The bullet mold is very good - excellent; the body retains nearly all of the brown lacquer finish and the spring has most of the niter blue finish intact. This is a very fine example of a desirable factory cased, Gustave Young engraved, Colt Factory Presentation Inscribed Model 1849 revolver with attractive raised relief carved ivory grip.
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