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Lot 80: Cased Colt London Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Auction Date: June 5, 2020

Very Fine Cased Colt London Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,500 - $8,000

Very Fine Cased Colt London Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1849 London
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 31
Barrel: 6 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened/silver
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 1995
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 59
Class: Antique

The handy Model 1849 Pocket was the most popular of all Colt percussion revolvers, but only around 11,000 were completed at the London factory before it closed in 1856 compared to around 26,000 Model 1851 Navy revolvers manufactured there making the London '49 Pockets particularly desirable. This one was manufactured in 1854 and has a brass cone front sight, "{ADDRESS. COL. COLT./LONDON.}" on top of the barrel, London proof and view marks on the barrel and cylinder, standard cylinder scene and patent markings, and matching serial numbers on the loading lever, barrel, cylinder, frame, trigger guard, and back strap. The arbor pin is not marked, and the wedge is marked "1225." The case has navy blue lining, a cleaning rod, L-shaped combination tool, Colt patent bullet mold, several lead balls, an Eley cap tin, key, and a bag shaped James Dixon & Sons flask marked "COLT POCKET FLASK."

Rating Definition:

Very fine with 85% plus bright original high polish blue finish remaining on the barrel and cylinder, 50% original case colors, 25% original blue finish on the grip straps, smooth gray patina in the faded areas of the grip straps from handling, some dings around the wedge on the right, light scratches, and minor edge wear. The grip is also very fine and has most of the glossy original varnish remaining, light edge wear, and a few slight dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent. The case and accessories are all fine and have minor age and storage related wear including some slight tearing of the lining from contact with the revolver. Overall, this is an outstanding cased London factory Model 1849 Pocket revolver.

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