Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3103: Cased Colt "Root" Model 1855 Sidehammer Pocket Revolver

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Cased Colt "Root" Model 1855 Sidehammer Pocket Percussion Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,500 - $4,000

Cased Colt "Root" Model 1855 Sidehammer Pocket Percussion Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1855 Root Pocket
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 28
Barrel: 3 1/2 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 451
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 80
Class: Antique

The Colt Model 1855 Sidehammer Pocket Revolver was the only handgun designed by Samuel Colt using a solid frame and was nicknamed after his foreman and superintendent Elisha K. Root. They are certainly among the finest pocket handguns of the era. This "Model 2" variant was manufactured in 1856 with an octagon barrel with cone front sight and the pointing hand motif ahead of the Colt Hartford address, cylinder with the Cabin and Indian scene, varnished one-piece grip, and matching serial numbers on the bottom of the barrel, butt and cylinder. The wood case contains an eagle powder flask, "COLT'S/PATENT" double cavity bullet mold, Eley cap tin and cleaning rod.

Rating Definition:

Fine, retains 40% plus original blue finish with smooth gray and brown patina on the balance, a few small patches of light pitting, and sharp markings and edges in the metal. Grip is also fine with much of the original varnish, scattered light dings and scratches, and some crazing around the edges. Mechanically fine. Included case and accessories are very good with a few cracks on top of the lid and some aging of the lining.

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