Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 155: Factory Engraved Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Auction Date: May 14, 2021

Outstanding Cased Factory Engraved Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $45,000 - $65,000

Outstanding Cased Factory Engraved Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1849
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 31
Barrel: 4 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened/silver
Grip: highly figured varnished walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 152
Class: Antique

This exceptional factory engraved Colt Model 1849 Pocket was manufactured in 1864. It has the "E" by the frame, trigger guard and back strap serial numbers which was used to denote factory engraved revolvers. Note the wolf head pattern on the hammer, floral blossoms amongst the scrolls and 75% plus coverage floral scrollwork on a punch dot background are patterns that match other Gustave Young engraved Model 1849 Pocket revolvers. Young worked for Colt from 1852 until the mid to late 1860s. Additional engraving includes a floral blossom around the front sight, fan pattern on top of the back strap, and scallop bordering around the stamped one-line New York barrel address terminating in a flourish of scrolls. Even the barrel wedge is engraved. The cylinder has the roll-stamped stagecoach scene. The left side of the frame has the stamped "COLTS/PATENT" marking. The left side of the triggerguard is stamped "31 CAL." Fitted with a select walnut grip. Matching full or partial serial numbers are on the barrel, frame, trigger guard, back strap, loading lever, cylinder, wedge and arbor pin. The partitioned walnut case is lined in red wine velvet and contains a double face powder flask, blued bullet mold marked "COLTS/PATENT" on the sprue cutter and "31PKT" on the right side, "L" shaped combination tool, case key, sealed package of pocket pistol cartridges, and Eley cap tin. Provenance: The Mac McCroskie Collection

Rating Definition:

Excellent, retaining 95% bright original high polished blue finish. The engraving is crisp. All of the crisp roll engraved cylinder scene remains with 90% plus bright original blue. 97% original vivid case colors remain on the loading lever, hammer and frame. 85% original silver remains the grip straps with the exposed brass having an attractive appearance. The grip is also excellent with some minor handling marks and retaining most of the original varnish. Mechanically excellent. The case is fine with a couple cracks on the lid, minor handling/storage marks and typical high spot wear on the lining. 85% original nitre blue remains on the combination tool. 70% original blue remains on the bullet mold. 95% original lacquer remains on the excellent powder flask. A high condition, highly attractive cased factory engraved Colt Model 1849 revolver that would be difficult to improve upon!

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