Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3144: Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Auction Date: May 16, 2021

Outstanding Cased Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $8,000 - $10,000

Outstanding 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
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 92
Class: Antique

This beautiful, extremely high condition Colt Model 1849 revolver was manufactured in 1859. The top barrel flat has the two-line New York City address inside brackets. The cylinder has the stagecoach scene and is marked "COLTS PATENT" above the full serial number. "COLTS/PATENT" is marked on the left side of the frame. The left side of the trigger guard is stamped with the letters "L" and "M". Matching full or partial serial numbers are on the barrel, frame, trigger guard, back strap, loading lever, wedge, arbor pin and cylinder. The revolver has Colt's standard finishes: high polished blue on the barrel and cylinder, color case colors on the loading lever, hammer and frame; silver plated brass trigger guard and back strap, and varnished walnut grip. The partitioned case contains a few lead rounds, blued bullet mold marked "COLTS/PATENT" on the sprue cutter, double face eagle powder flask, "L" shaped combination tool, Eley cap tin, and sealed package of pocket pistol cartridges.

Rating Definition:

Excellent. The barrel and cylinder retain 98% bright original high polished blue finish. All of the crisp cylinder scene remains. 98% plus vivid original case colors remain on the loading lever, hammer and frame. 85% original silver plating remains on the grip straps. The grip is excellent plus retaining nearly all of the original varnish. Mechanically excellent. The case is fine with a period replacement lock escutcheon, minor crack on lid, minor handling/storage marks and typical high spot wear on the faded lining. 90% original nitre blue remains on the combination tool. 98% original lacquer remains on the powder flask. 80% original blue remains on the bullet mold. An extremely high condition, highly attractive Model 1849 revolver worthy of even the most advanced Colt collections.

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