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Lot 3110: Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Fine Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver with Holster

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

Fine Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver with Holster

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1849
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 31
Barrel: 6 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened/silver
Grip: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 85
Class: Antique

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. 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. Includes a period leather holster.

Rating Definition:

Fine, retains 60% plus original bright blue finish, mostly concentrated on the barrel with strong traces on the cylinder, with some scattered light flaking and smooth gray and brown patina on the balance, a few patches of light pitting, crisp cylinder scene, and distinct markings and edges in the metal overall. 50% plus vivid original case colors remain, concentrated on the frame and loading lever, with smooth gray patina on the balance, and 80% original silver finish remains on the trigger guard and back strap with some light flaking. Grip is very fine with defined edges, some scattered light handling marks, and very light crazing at the bottom edges. Mechanically excellent. Included leather holster is fine.

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