c1862 mfr CASED Antique COLT Model 1849 POCKET .31 Cal. PERCUSSION Revolver
Civil War Production Made in 1862
Here we present an antique percussion Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver, made during the American Civil War in 1862 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 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 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 fine. Original blue, case colors, and silver plate finishes. Strong, tight action. Very good bore. Numbers match. Fine grips, less than average wear with a smooth finish. Case and accessories have light wear and remain very good or better. The case’s interior is blue felt lined and the exterior bottom has a thin white leather pad. Here is a must have set for the Colt collection!
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Barrel is 5 inches.
Caliber: .31 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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