Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3143: Civil War Era Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Auction Date: December 5, 2021

Cased Civil War Era Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver with British Proofs and Accessories

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $8,500 - $12,000

Cased Civil War Era Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver with British Proofs and Accessories

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1849
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 31
Barrel: 5 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened/silver
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 601
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 102
Class: Antique

Manufactured in 1863, this revolver has the "crown/V and "crown/GP" British proof marks on the left side of the barrel and on the cylinder. The top barrel flat is marked "ADDRESS SAML COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA," and an unreadable double stamped marking is on the left side of the frame. The cylinder is roll engraved with the stagecoach holdup scene and marked "COLTS PATENT/No 12743" in two panels. The complete serial number is marked on the barrel, frame, trigger guard and back strap, with the letter "E" above or below. The partial serial number "12743" is marked on the wedge, and "2743" is on the loading lever. The barrel and cylinder are finished blue, the frame, loading lever and hammer casehardened, and the trigger guard and back strap are silver plated. Fitted with one piece varnished smooth walnut grips. Complete in a English oak case with a round brass escutcheon on the outside of the lid, five compartments and lined with green felt. The inside of the lid has the paper directions label. The case contains a steel cleaning rod with a steel handle, "L" shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver, two cavity iron bullet mold marked "COLT'S/PATENT", an Eley Bros. 500 count cap tin, and a small bag shaped flask with a brown lacquer finished body and brass spout. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection

Rating Definition:

Excellent. The barrel retains 90% of the original finish with light scratches, some minor flaking and high edge wear. The frame retains 80% of the bright case colors with the frame patent marking lightly struck (factory error). The cylinder retains 30% of the original finish scattered, mainly on the rear portion and in protected areas. The balance has a smooth gray patina. The scene is visible. The trigger guard and back strap retain strong original silver in the protected areas of the trigger guard bow and on the butt. The grips are very fine with 95% original varnish, some minor lower edge wear and a couple minor scrapes. The markings, unless noted above, are crisp and clear. The action is fine. The case is very fine with some scattered minor dings and handling marks. There is a piece of clear plastic in the lid to preserve the label which has a couple of small worn areas and is complete. The accessories are all very fine.

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