Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1112: Factory Deluxe Colt London Model 1849 Percussion Revolver

Auction Date: May 14, 2022

Exceptional Presentation Cased Deluxe Factory Engraved, Silver Plated, and Inscribed Colt London Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $30,000 - $40,000

Exceptional Presentation Cased Deluxe Factory Engraved, Silver Plated, and Inscribed Colt London Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1849 London
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 31
Barrel: 5 inch octagon
Finish: silver
Grip: walnut
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 104
Class: Antique

This incredible Colt 1849 Pocket dates to 1854 in Colt's London serial number range and has exhibition quality scroll and floral engraving covering 75% plus of the visible surfaces aside from the cylinder which has the iconic stage coach hold-up scene. The fine scroll patterns even cover the majority of the loading lever. The "Colt's Patent" marking on the frame is inscribed in a banner in Old English style script. The back strap is neatly inscribed with the initials "E M W." The barrel has a cone front sight and the "{ADDRESS COL. COLT/LONDON}" address. The barrel and cylinder have the London proofs, and the serial numbers are all matching. The factory dot marking is by the primary serial numbers confirming the revolver was selected for special finishing. The grip is a fancy grade walnut with a piano varnish finish. The English brass bound oak case has "E.M.W." inscribed in the same font on the central escutcheon, Colt's loading and cleaning directions label inside the lid, green baize lining, bullet, L combination tool, blued Colt's patent bullet mold, Eley Bros. cap tin, and bag shaped James Dixon & Sons powder flask. Similar engraving can bee seen on other London Colt revolvers, for examples see "Colonel Colt London: The History of Colt's London Firearms, 1851-1857" by Joseph G. Rosa and R.L. Wilson's books on Colt engraving. A '49 Pocket with essentially the same case and accessories can be seen on page 150-151 of the former as well as examples in Wilson's books such as page 243 of "The Colt Engraving Book Volume 1." Few examples have this degree of embellishment or remain in this high of condition.

Rating Definition:

Exceptionally fine with crisp engraving, 75% plus original silver plating remaining, mostly bright silver on the left, darker patina from resting in the case on the cylinder and right side, and mild overall wear. The grip is fine and has attractive figure, smooth finish, a few light scratches, and minor edge wear. The timing is off; otherwise, it is mechanically fine. The case and accessories are very good and have light age and storage related wear. Overall, this is a very attractive cased London '49 Pocket with beautiful factory engraving from one of Colt's English engravers. While the identity of "E.M.W." is unknown, they must have been very proud to own this extraordinary Colt revolver.

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