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Lot 3113: Civil War Era Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Very Fine Civil War Era Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,250 - $3,500

Very Fine Civil War Era Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1849
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 31
Barrel: 5 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened/silver
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 460
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 88
Class: Antique

Manufactured in 1863. The barrel has the one-line New York 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.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retains 60% plus original bright blue finish on the barrel and cylinder with some scattered light flaking and smooth brown patina on the balance, an exceptionally crisp cylinder scene with light cylinder drag line, and distinct markings and edges in the metal overall. 95% vivid original case colors remain on the frame and hammer with 60% original case colors on the loading lever, and 75% plus original bright silver finish remains on the trigger guard and back strap with some light flaking concentrated on the back strap and butt. Grip is excellent with defined edges, a few light handling marks, and rich original varnish finish. Mechanically excellent.

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