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Lot 3104: Cased Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Cased Civil War Era Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,000

Cased Civil War Era Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1849
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 31
Barrel: 4 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened/silver
Grip: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 80
Class: Antique

Manufactured in 1861. The barrel has the one-line New York address. "COLTS/PATENT" is stamped on the left side of the frame. The cylinder has the stagecoach hold up scene. Matching full or partial serial numbers appear on the frame, trigger guard, back strap, cylinder, loading lever, arbor pin, and wedge. The period partitioned case contains lead rounds, two extra percussion nipples, and a percussion cap tin. 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

Rating Definition:

Fine. The barrel retains 80% bright original high polish blue finish with thinning to brown on the balance. The refinished cylinder has a smooth brown appearance and retains most of the scene. 40% original case colors remain on the hammer and frame. Traces of original case colors remain on the loading lever. 60% original silver plating remains on the brass grip straps. The grip is also fine with high edge wear, an absent sliver at the top (right side), some minor handling marks and most of the original varnish remaining. Mechanically excellent. The case is very good with a couple stabilized cracks on the lid, chip near a hinge, minor handling/storage marks and worn lining.

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