Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 115: Factory Cased Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver

Auction Date: September 11, 2020

Scarce and Excellent Factory Cased Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver

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

Scarce and Excellent Factory Cased Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1849
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 31 percussion
Barrel: 6 Inch
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: varnished walnut
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 127
Class: Antique

This is a scarce and excellent example of a large trigger guard variant Colt Model 1849 Pocket revolver that was manufactured in 1862. The revolver has the scarce six-shot cylinder roll-engraved with the Stagecoach Holdup scene. The barrel and cylinder have the Colt commercial blue finish and the loading lever, frame and hammer are color casehardened. The brass trigger guard and back strap have a silver-plated finish. The one-piece walnut grip has a high polish piano finish. Standard markings on the barrel and frame. The full serial number is located on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard, back strap and cylinder. The partial serial number "2056" is stamped on the loading lever. All of the visible serial numbers match. The revolver is accompanied by a factory case and a full set of Colt accessories. The American style mahogany case has five compartments and is lined with crimson velvet. The case contains: (1) 250 count tin of Ely percussion caps with green paper label and blue paper wrapping, (2) blued, double cavity, bullet mold for round balls and conical bullets with "COLT'S PATENT" stamped in two lines on the sprue cutter and "31PKT" on the side of the right block, (3) pocket pistol powder flask embossed with the eagle and shield motif and "COLTS/PATENT" on one side, (4) L-shaped, combination screw-driver and nipple wrench, (5) sealed packet of six Hazard's Combustible Envelope cartridges for "Col. Colt's Patent Revolving Pocket Pistol", (6) key, and (7) assortment of cast .31 caliber balls and conical bullets.

Rating Definition:

Excellent plus. The revolver retains 85% plus of the blue and casehardened finish with delicate flaking on the high spots of the barrel and the right side of the lug. The cylinder has nearly all of the Stagecoach Holdup scene and retains 90% plus original blue . All of the cylinder safety pins remain and the percussion nipples show only light flash pitting. The loading lever, frame and hammer have 90% of the case colors. The silver plating on the frame and back strap has darkened to an attractive "black" with 85% plus of the plating. The grip is excellent and retains 95% of the varnished piano finish with very minor handling marks. The action is tight and functions perfectly. The case is fine overall with a few minor handling and storage marks. The lining on the lid has faded but shows minimal wear and the bottom is dusty with compression marks. The accessories match the gun and case for overall condition. This is an excellent example of a Civil War period, factory cased, Colt Model 1849 Pocket revolver with scarce six shot cylinder in investment quality condition.

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