Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1111: Gustave Young Factory Engraved Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,000

Gustave Young Factory Engraved Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1849
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 31
Barrel: 4 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened/silver
Grip: antique ivory
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 87
Class: Antique

This factory engraved Model 1849 Pocket was manufactured in 1856. Gustave Young's shop were the primary engravers for Colt from 1852 until the mid to late 1860s. The intricate scroll engraving, hand engraved "COLTS/PATENT" marking on the frame and hand engraved "SAML COLT" "presentation style" marking on the barrel match other Young engraved Colt revolvers from the 1850s. For example, "The Book of Colt Engraving" by R. L. Wilson includes multiple revolvers with similar dog head designs worked into the scroll patterns. The dog head on this revolver appears on the left side of the barrel lug. The hammer has Young's classic wolf/hound head motif. The cylinder has the standard stagecoach scene. Matching full or partial serial numbers appear on the barrel, frame, trigger guard, back strap, cylinder, loading lever, wedge, and arbor pin.

Rating Definition:

Good untouched overall condition, proudly exhibiting period working gun character. This factory engraved Colt certainly did not stay locked away in a case! It gives all of the appearance of spending a lifetime as a trusted, well traveled sidearm. The metal surfaces have a smooth gray patina with much of the cylinder scene remaining and a crisp engraving overall. Nearly 30% original silver plating remains around the trigger, leaving the exposed brass with an attractive mellow appearance. The two halves of the grip have separated and have been reglued together. The grip has an attractive dark aged appearance and grain. Mechanically fine.

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