Manufactured in 1862, this Colt Model 1849 Pocket revolver is presentation inscribed to colonel James McQuade, commanding officer of the 14th New York Infantry Regiment. The 14th New York was raised in May 1861, with much of the regiment signing two year enlistments. The 14th was attached to the Army of the Potomac in Griffin's brigade and saw heavy fighting during the Seven Days Battles, including Beaver Dam Creek, Gaines Mill, and Malvern Hill. The regiment suffered greatly at Gaines Mill, suffering 83% of the 270 total casualties there. The regiment was held in reserve at Antietam and was lightly involved in the assault on Marye's Heights at the Battle of Fredericksburg. In May of 1863 those of the regiment that signed two year enlistments were discharged and the remainder of the regiment was combined with the 44th New York, just in time for their heavy fight on Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg. The top barrel flat is marked with the standard two-line address, "COLTS/PATENT" on the left of the frame, and matching serial numbers on the barrel, frame, triggerguard, and butt. The butt is presentation inscribed "Col. Jas. McQuade/14th N.Y.V." It is fitted with brass cone front and hammer notch rear sights, and a one-piece smooth walnut grip.
Very good, the blue finish having thinned to mostly a smooth grey patina, 50% of the original case colors on the loading lever, and 60% of the silver plating on the trigger guard and back strap with a few scattered patches of light pitting. The grip is very fine with a few scattered minor chips and light handling marks, and retaining most of the varnish. Mechanically excellent.
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