1852 mfr. ANTEBELLUM COLT Model 1849 POCKET .31 PERCUSSION Revolver Antique
Third Year Production Manufactured In 1852!
Here we present an antique Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver, made in 1852 in Hartford, Connecticut. The Model 1849 Pocket, the replacement for the Baby Dragoon, was the most widely produced of any Colt percussion pistol. Nearly 340,000 were manufactured during its 23-year production run that ended in 1873. Over 280,000 of these were produced by Colt’s factory at Hartford by the end of the American Civil War in 1865. These were very popular and saw a lot of use on the battlefield, on the home front and in the West. These were some of the smallest, handiest pocket revolvers of the time.
One of the most aesthetically pleasing aspects of the 1849 Pocket is its cylinder scene. Cylinder scenes during this period were common, especially for Colt, not only for their visual appeal, but because it made a revolver more difficult to forge. The scene on the 1849 Pocket is that of a stagecoach robbery. The focal point is the stagecoach drawn by four horses. A woman in a dress is seen framed in the doorway of the side of the coach. The driver is standing alongside wielding his pistol against multiple assailants as the horses rear and struggle against their harnesses. Several of the bandits lay dying on the ground, one tries to control the horses, two are running away and one is in the process of falling dead after being shot. Not a bad way to show interested buyers what a pistol like this would be good for. It did a fine job as a self-defense handgun for the average citizen in 19th Century America.
The overall condition is very good. Very dark, matte patina with good, dark silver plate finish on the brass frame. Strong action. The stagecoach robbery cylinder scene remains visible. Good bore with strong rifling. The muzzle shows that this revolver’s barrel was somewhat battered long ago. The grip shows handling and holster wear. Numbers match. A very nice example of an early Colt Model 1849 with an honest complexion that was obviously used as an improvised tool during the period of use.
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Barrel is 6 inches.
Caliber: .31 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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