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Lot 82: Cased Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Auction Date: June 5, 2020

Very Fine Cased Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

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

Very Fine Cased Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1849
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 31
Barrel: 6 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened/silver
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 1814
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 64
Class: Antique

Manufactured in 1864 and featuring a brass cone front sight, the one-line New York address, standard patent markings and stagecoach scene, "31 CAL" on the left trigger guard shoulder, matching serial numbers (including hand-written in the back strap mortise of the grip), and "W P SMITH" stamped on the butt. Who Smith was is not documented. William Prescott Smith in 1864 was the Master of Transportation for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, and multiple men named "W.P. Smith" fought on each side during the Civil War. The case also contains an Eley Bros. cap tin, lead balls and bullets, package of cartridges, key, Colt patent dual cavity bullet mold with "31 PKT" marking, and a double sided eagle powder flask. The Model 1849 Pocket was the most popular of all of Colt's percussion revolvers. They would certainly have been more convenient for those needing some personal protection in the gold fields and saloons of the West as well as the crowded and crime riddled streets of the large cities in the East compared to the larger Colt Dragoon revolvers or mid-sized Model 1851 Navy and definitely packed more firepower than many of the single and double shot pocket pistols of the day. During the Civil War, many were carried as personal sidearms.

Rating Definition:

Very fine with 90% plus original vibrant case colors, 85% original blue on the barrel, distinct cylinder scene and 30% of the original blue on the cylinder along with smooth gray and brown patina, 60% original silver plating concentrated in the protected areas of the grip frame, minor marks and scratches, filing spot on the loading lever flat, and distinct markings. The grip is also very fine and has some light dings and scratches, strong varnish, and minor edge wear. Mechanically excellent. The case and accessories are all fine with minor age and storage related wear. Overall, this is a very attractive set centered on a very fine Model 1849 Pocket.

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