Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 185: Cased Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Auction Date: September 10, 2021

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,750 - $5,500

Cased Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1849
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 31 percussion
Barrel: 4 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened/silver
Grip: varnished walnut
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 137
Class: Antique

This is a fine example of a Colt Model 1849 revolver that was manufactured in 1866. The barrel and cylinder have the Colt high polish commercial blue finish. The loading lever, hammer and frame are color casehardened, and the brass trigger guard and back strap are silver-plated. The walnut grip has a varnished piano finish. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped "ADDRESS COL SAML COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA". The cylinder is roll-engraved with the Stagecoach Holdup scene and "COLT'S PATENT" markings. "COLT'S/PATENT" is stamped on the left side of the frame. "31 CAL" is stamped on the left shoulder of the trigger guard. The full serial number, "289771," is stamped on the loading lug, frame, trigger guard and back strap. The cylinder is stamped with the partial serial number "9771". The revolver has a mahogany factory case with five compartments lined with maroon velvet. The case contains: aged reproduction pocket pistol flask with fixed charger, blued iron .31 caliber mold for conical bullets and round balls marked "COLT'S/PATENT" on the sprue cutter, E. Joyce cap tin with red paper label, key, and several .31 caliber lead balls.

Rating Definition:

Fine. The revolver retains 60% plus original blue and color casehardened finish. Most of the Colt commercial blue finish is present on the barrel and cylinder with scattered handling marks and small spots of age discoloration. The cylinder retains 85% of the scene. Four of the five cylinder safety pins are complete, and the percussion nipples and rear face of the cylinder show moderate flash pitting. The loading lever, frame and hammer retain more than 85% of the case colors with some small spots of age discoloration on the sides of the loading lever and frame and some flash pitting on the sides and front of the hammer. Traces of the silver plated finish are present on protected areas of the trigger guard and back strap. The balance of the trigger guard and back strap has aged to a dark patina. The walnut grip is excellent and retains more than 90% of the high polish piano finish; wear is limited to a few minor handling marks. The action functions well. The barrel, frame and cylinder markings are crisp. The case exterior is very good with a few minor handling marks. The lining is fair with fading, oil stains and age discoloration. The accessories are very good. This is a fine example of an 1866 production Colt Model 1849 Pocket revolver.

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