1860 ANTEBELLUM Antique COLT DRAGOON Type CUSTOM Model 1849 POCKET Revolver
Made In 1860 with Dragoon Style Barrel and Trigger Guard!
Here we present an antique Custom Colt Dragoon Style Model 1849 Pocket Revolver, made in 1860 in Hartford, Connecticut. 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 and were actually the most prolific of all Samuel Colt’s line of percussion guns.
This one is extremely interesting for the fact that it bears a striking resemblance to one of Samuel Colt’s most famous inventions, the Dragoon revolver. The Dragoon design was the product improved follow-up to the Colonel’s Walker design, which put him back in business after his Paterson failure. This revolver features the part-round barrel and the square-back trigger guard like the Dragoon. Very rare.
One of the most aesthetically pleasing aspects of this pistol 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. The action is strong. The bore is in great condition. The stagecoach robbery cylinder scene is still quite visible. What we believe to be read as “John R. Quint” is hand engraved on the top of the grip frame (“John R.” is relatively clear, though the last name is open to interpretation). Muted but visible case colors on the frame, hints of silver plate and blue finish, and an even patina throughout. A fantastic find!
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Barrel is 6 inches.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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