Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1: Cased Engraved Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Auction Date: December 6, 2019

Cased Factory Engraved Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,500 - $7,000

Cased Factory Engraved Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1849
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 31
Barrel: 6 inch octagon
Grip: walnut
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Catalog Page: 7
Class: Antique

This beautiful revolver was manufactured in 1855 and factory engraved by Master Engraver Gustave Young's shop. It has his distinctive scroll engraving patterns and the factory dot marking used to designate revolvers selected for special finishing by the main serial number locations. Note the detailed dog head in the scrolls on the left side of the barrel ahead of the wedge. The hammer has the wolf head design. The barrel has a small conical front sight and "Saml Colt" script engraved on top. The cylinder has the standard stagecoach scene and patent marking. The frame has "COLTS/PATENT" engraved in arches on the left side. The trigger guard has an "S" on the left side at the front. The serial numbers all match, including "1931" hand-written inside the back strap mortise of the grip. The case has dark green lining, led balls and conical bullets, a blued dual cavity bullet mold, Eley cap tin, double sided eagle powder flask, and package of combustible envelope cartridges.

Rating Definition:

Fine with crisp engraving and markings, 95% plus period replated nickel plated finish, smooth gray patina in the flaked spots, some slight pitting on the cylinder, (per consignor) Turnbull repaired/polished loading lever, and minor overall wear. The grip is fine and has vice marks visible at the top, some mild edge and handling wear, and light scratches and marks. Mechanically fine. The case is good and has some minor cracks, reglued separation at the partition corners, and general mild wear. The flask is also fine and have mostly minor age and storage related wear. The bullet mold is fair as refinished over pitting. This is an attractive cased set centered on an impressive factory engraved Colt Mode 1849 Pocket, the most popular of all of Colt's 19th century revolvers.

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