Manufactured in 1860. The barrel has the two-line Hartford address. "COLTS/PATENT" stamped on the left of the frame. The cylinder has the stagecoach hold up scene. Matching full or partial serial numbers appear on the barrel, frame, trigger guard, butt, cylinder, loading lever, arbor pin, and wedge. This example is wearing a presentation style "piano varnish" factory burl walnut grip and special order rifle style dovetailed front sight. The Model 1849 Pocket was the most popular of all of Colt's percussion revolvers. They would certainly have been more convenient for those needing some personal protection in the gold fields and saloons of the West as well as the crowded and crime riddled streets of the large cities in the East compared to the larger Colt Dragoon revolvers or mid-sized Model 1851 Navy and definitely packed more firepower than many of the single and double shot pocket pistols of the day. During the Civil War, many were carried as personal sidearms.
Exceptionally fine, retains 70% plus original bright blue finish, mostly concentrated on the barrel with strong traces on the cylinder, with some scattered light flaking and smooth brown patina on the balance, a crisp cylinder scene, and distinct markings and edges in the metal overall. 90% vivid original case colors on the frame, hammer and loading lever, and 20% tarnished original silver finish remains on the trigger guard and back strap. The burl walnut grip is excellent with attractive patterns, defined edges, a few light handling marks, and rich original varnished finish. Mechanically excellent.
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