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Lot 3207: Cased Factory Engraved Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolve

Cased Factory Engraved Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Auction Date: December 11, 2022

Lot 3207: Cased Factory Engraved Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolve

Cased Factory Engraved Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Auction Date: December 11, 2022

Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized:

Cased Factory Engraved Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1849
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 31
Barrel: 5 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened/silver
Grip: antique ivory
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Catalog Page: 145
Class: Antique
Description:

This revolver was manufactured in 1854 in the factory No. 2 style and features scroll and floral engraving on approximately half of the barrel, the sides of the loading lever, all of the frame, and sections of the grip frame. The engraving is typical of the factory engraving in the mid-1850s and the work generally attributed to Master Engraver Gustave Young. On this example, the use of rayed decoration on the sides of the barrel lug, as well as on the frame and sides of the back strap are elements Herbert Houze has associated with Young as is his use of floral bloom accents among the scrolls. This revolver also has the "Saml Colt" inscription on the barrel rather than the stamped barrel address and the "COLTS/PATENT" marking inscribed in a panel on the left side of the frame rather than the stamped patent marking. The barrel has a brass post front sight, the cylinder has the standard stagecoach holdup scene, matching serial numbers are marked on the various metal components, and the factory dot marking designating special finishing is by the lower serial numbers. The revolver comes in a London agency style fitted oak case with a loading and cleaning directions label inside the lid, a cleaning rod, an L-shaped combination tool, an iron ball/bullet mold with sprue cutter, cap tin with W. & C. Eley label, and bag shaped James Dixon & Sons powder flask.

Rating Definition:

Very good plus with crisp engraving, 90% original silver plating remaining on the grip frame and aged patina on the silver and brass, 25% original blue finish on the barrel mainly on the lower barrel flats, mostly gray patina on the balance, some mild pitting, and mild wear. The slightly age shrunken grip is very fine and has attractive natural patina and grain, a few tiny age cracks, and mild handling wear. Mechanically fine. The case is very good with mild wear. The accessories are generally good with mild age and storage related wear, and the flask is very good with only minor wear. Overall, this is a very attractive cased set centered on a classic mid-1850s factory engraved Colt '49 Pocket.



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