Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3170: Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver from Captain G.N. Coffin, M.D.

Auction Date: December 6, 2020

Historical Civil War Grouping Including Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver with Belt Holster, Medical Sword, Framed Photographs and Other Items that Belonged to Captain G.N. Coffin, M.D.

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,000 - $10,000

Historical Civil War Grouping Including Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver with Belt Holster, Medical Sword, Framed Photographs and Other Items that Belonged to Captain G.N. Coffin, M.D.

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1849
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 31 percussion
Barrel: 4 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened/silver
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 767
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 104
Class: Antique

Manufactured in 1860, with round trigger guard variation with blue, silver and casehardened finish. Pin front sight on barrel with two line address reading: "-{ADDRESS SAML COLT/ NEW YORK CITY}-", the cylinder is roll engraved with the stagecoach holdup scene, "COLT'S PATENT" is stamped on the left side of the frame, the left front trigger bow is marked "L" and the shoulder "G". The complete matching serial number is marked on the barrel, frame, trigger guard, cylinder and back strap. The partial number "14378" is marked on the wedge and "4378" on the loading lever. There is a script "P" engraved on the butt. The grips are smooth one piece walnut. Complete with a black leather flap holster and belt with a spread winged eagle motif brass buckle. Also included in this lot are: 1) a 1840 Medical Staff sword property of 1st Lt. Nelson G. Coffin 107th Reg. Illinois Volunteers - 1862-65. The blade is etched with floral designs, "U.S. Medical Staff" on one side and a spread wing eagle with arrows in it's talons on the other. Brass high relief decorated handle and hand guard. Gilted brass sheath with three ring hangers and relief geometric and floral decorated tip and bands. 2) A black round tin marked "N.G. COFFIN. M.D. in gold on the outside containing the original Illinois State Board of Health certificate dated Jan. 9, 1878, receipt for the certificate and the original diploma 3) A framed 7 x 6 1/2" photo of Captain Coffin mounted on a horse with what appears to be a medical staff sword 4) Small framed picture of a man and small boy hand written on the back, "June 98 / age 77 / Nelson Gradnier Coffin / + Grandson 98" 5) A framed photo of Nelson Gardnier coffin (hand-written at the bottom) and hand written "1888 / AGE / 67" on the back 6) A small cast iron officers "mountie" style hat with "GAR" amid the wreath on the front 7) A small pair of spy glasses in a leather case marked "L.B. &C. / Paris on the eye pieces 8) 4" x 6" cast iron Grand Army of The Republic (G.A.R) medal with 7/8" Gold lapel pin with G.A.R. star 9) A bible with the name Eugene Coffin written on the first page 10) A small canteen marked "WE DRANK FROM THE SAME CANTEEN" around "G.A.R. / SOUVENIR" with chain 11) One brass spur, no strap 12) A tin type with the same photo as 3 13) Captain Coffin's walnut framed 11" x 14" discharge 14) Coffin's enlistment certificate appointing him First Assistant Surgeon of the 107th Illinois Volunteers at he rank of 1st Lieutenant 15) Four framed Illinois Central Railroad receipts 16) A picture on glass of Coffin and his sister as children and a loose tin type of his wife 17) 11 3/4" x 11 1/2" framed photograph same as 3.

Rating Definition:

Very good. The metal surfaces have a gray patina with some scattered minor pitting. There are numerous minor dings in the barrel. The cylinder scene is strong. The trigger guard and back strap retain 40% of the original silver plating mixed with the natural dark aged patina. The grips are fine with much of the original varnish, some lower edge wear and a few minor dings and dents. The markings are clear. The action is excellent. The holster is about good with age cracks, some heavy wear on the belt loop and tight stitching. The belt is poor to fair with heavy edge wear and age cracking and some loose stitching, the remaining items are fair to very good. Formerly of the Will Hoffeld collection.

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