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Lot 161: Cased Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver with Engraved Markings

Auction Date: May 14, 2021

Exceptional Cased Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver with Rare Hand Engraved Factory Sam Colt Presentation Barrel Address and Colt's Patent Marking

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $12,000 - $18,000

Exceptional Cased Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver with Rare Hand Engraved Factory Sam Colt Presentation Barrel Address and Colt's Patent Marking

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1849
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 31 percussion
Barrel: 6 inch octagon
Finish: silver/gold plated
Grip: antique ivory
Stock:
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Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 162
Class: Antique
Description:

This outstanding Colt Model 1849 Pocket Model revolver was manufactured in 1859. The revolver has the rarely encountered marking "Saml Colt" hand engraved in Old English letters on the top of the barrel and "COLT'S/PATENT" hand engraved in large block letters on the left side of the frame. Colt expert R. L. Wilson notes in "The Book Of Colt Firearms" that although the hand engraved "Saml Colt" and "COLT'S/PATENT" markings were standard on factory engraved Model 1849 Pocket revolvers between 1852-1860, the hand engraved markings are also occasionally found on non-engraved revolvers. In addition to the rare hand-engraved markings, the revolver features a silver plated barrel, loading lever, frame and trigger guard. The back strap is silver plated. The cylinder and hammer are gold plated. Fitted with a smooth one-piece factory grip. The five-shot cylinder is roll engraved with the stagecoach hold-up scene and "COLTS PATENT". The full serial number is stamped on the barrel lug, frame, trigger guard, back strap and cylinder. The partial serial number "9302" is stamped on the loading lever and cylinder arbor pin. "95302" is stamped on the bottom of the wedge. All of the visible serial numbers match. Included is an American style presentation case with accessories.

Rating Definition:

Excellent. The revolver retains 98% of the original combination silver/gold plated finish on the barrel, loading lever, frame, trigger guard and back strap. Finish wear on the plated components is limited to some very minor flaking on the edges of the barrel, the back strap and the grip strap. The engraved markings on the barrel and frame are crisp. The gold plating on the cylinder has moderate flaking, and some light "blistering" is visible on the plated finish on the cylinder and hammer. The cylinder retains all of the stagecoach hold-up scene. The attractive grip is excellent. The action is tight and functions perfectly. The case and accessories are all fine. This is an extraordinary example of both a rare and unique Colt Model 1849 Pocket revolver with hand engraved barrel and frame markings and unusual gold and silver plated finish.



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