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Lot 182: Cased Engraved Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Auction Date: September 10, 2021

Desirable Civil War Era Cased Factory Engraved Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,500 - $6,500

Desirable Civil War Era 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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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 136
Class: Antique

The Colt Model 1849 Pocket was the most popular of all of Colt's percussion revolvers and was a common choice for a personal sidearm during the antebellum and Civil War eras. This revolver was manufactured in 1864 during the American Civil War, the same year as Colt's disastrous factory fire, and is engraved in the "late percussion vine scroll" style. "E" for "engraved" is marked by the lower serial numbers. The intaglio scroll engraving without backgrounds is likely the work of Georg H. Sterzing who engraved for Colt c. 1858-1871. The particular designs of the wolf head and scrolls on the hammer are close matches for multiple revolvers attributed to Sterzing in "Colt Factory Engravers of the Nineteenth Century" by Herbert Houze, and the eagle head design on the left side of the barrel is also very similar to examples attributed to him. The revolver has a nicely figured grip and the standard sights and markings, including all matching serial numbers. In addition to the revolver, the case contains a double sided eagle powder flask, blued "COLT'S/PATENT" marked double cavity bullet mold, and cap tin.

Rating Definition:

Fine. The engraving remains crisp. There are patches of the original blue, silver, and casehardened finishes in the protected areas and otherwise a smooth gray-brown patina on the steel and aged patina on the brass. The grip is very fine and has nice figure, strong original finish, mild edge wear, and light scratches and marks. Mechanically fine. The case is very good with tattered, faded lining, some partition separation, and mild age and storage related wear. The flask is fine. The mold is good.

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