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Lot 3115: Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver with Holster

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

Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver with Holster

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: 88
Class: Antique

Manufactured in 1856. The barrel has the two-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. Includes a period leather holster with federal eagle brass button.

Rating Definition:

Fine, retains 50% original bright blue finish concentrated on the barrel with the cylinder turned to a smooth gray patina. 30% of original case colors are visible on the right of the frame with smooth gray patina on the balance of the casehardened surfaces. 80% original silver finish remains on trigger guard and back strap with some light flaking and a few areas of light bubbling. Grip is very fine with most of the original varnish, some very light crazing along the bottom edges and some light handling marks. Mechanically fine. Included leather holster is very good.

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