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Lot 228: Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Auction Date: December 2, 2016

Interesting Documented Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver From Albert Foster Sr. Collection

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,500 - $7,500

Interesting Documented Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver From Albert Foster Sr. Collection

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1849
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 31 percussion
Barrel: 4 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened/silver
Grip: walnut
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 92
Class: Antique

Manufactured in 1858, this is a very fine example of a Colt Model 1849 percussion revolver. The top barrel flat is marked with the two-line New York City address inside brackets. The left side of the frame is marked "COLTS/PATENT." The cylinder has the stagecoach hold up scene and is marked "COLTS PATENT/No148011." The matching numbers are marked on the barrel, frame, trigger guard, back strap, cylinder, loading lever, cylinder pin and barrel wedge. Casehardened frame, hammer and loading lever, silver plated brass trigger guard and back strap, and blue remaining parts. Fitted with a smooth one piece varnished walnut grip. The partitioned case is lined in brown velvet and contains two Eley Brothers tins, single face eagle powder flask, two-cavity Colt's patent bullet mold and one package of .31 caliber combustible envelop cartridges. According to research notes provided by the consignor an old Serven listing, and an advertisement for the revolver by Arnold Marcus Chernoff, Ltd. In the included copy of "The Gun Report" from April 1977, the revolver's provenance is as follows: the famed Albert Foster Collection until it was sold in September 1948 by Colt author James Serven as being presented to J.N. Ackerman by General Joseph Hooker, a Union Civil War officer best known for being defeated by Confederate General Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Chancellorsville in 1863. The affidavit mentioned in the Serven listing is not included, and thus, the presentation has not been confirmed.

Rating Definition:

Very fine. The barrel and cylinder retain 85% bright original high blue finish with the balance a smooth brown patina. The barrel has a series of tool marks on the right side above the wedge. Nearly all of the cylinder scene remains. The hammer, loading lever and frame retain 90% original case colors. The grip straps retain 98% darkened original silver plating. The grip is excellent with a few minor handling marks and retaining most of the original varnish. Mechanically excellent. The relined case is good with minor handling/storage marks and high spot wear on the lining. A very fine Colt Model 1849 percussion revolver with accessories.

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