’66 ENGRAVED Antique COLT 1862 POCKET POLICE Percussion Revolver 36 Caliber
Scarce Pocket Model Made in 1866!
Here we present an Engraved Colt Pocket Police Model 1862 Revolver in .36 Caliber, made circa 1866 in Hartford, Connecticut. Its introduction was an attempt to fill a niche in the market for a pocket revolver suited for civilians and police of a larger caliber (.36) than the 1849 Pocket Revolver (.31). Much as the Colt 1851 Navy was a scaled-up version of the 1849 Pocket, the 1862 Police was a scaled down version of the 1861 Navy, which was a scaled down version of the 1860 Army. The result was a sleek, stylish and light, 5-shot pocket revolver in .36 caliber.
Collectors today largely view these as the climax of the development of the percussion revolver. Unfortunately for Colt, the commercial market for the 1862 Police was overshadowed by cartridge revolvers. As a result, production was quite limited by Colt’s standards with approximately only 28,000 manufactured between 1862 and 1873. And, of those that were produced, it is estimated that 70% of these were converted to cartridge firearms leaving only 8,400 in the original state. These factors make the 1862 Police Revolver in its original percussion format quite scarce for collectors today. This revolver came with 3-1/2 inch, 4-1/2 inch and 6-1/2 inch barrels, with the 6-1/2 inchers harder to come by.
This one has been engraved in the pattern of Gustave Young’s shop. Young, who started his prodigious engraving career at the age of 14, emigrated to the US and became Samuel Colt’s master engraver. This is similar to his No. 2 Pattern and includes the wolf’s head engraved on either side of the hammer. It also features ivory grips. It comes in an original wooden case with a purple velvet lining.
The overall condition is very good. Original silver finish with gold plating remnants on the hammer and loading lever. Excellent action. Dim bore with strong rifling. Wonderful floral scroll engraving. Very nice ivory grip with less than expected wear. The barrel and frame numbers match (34969) with the wedge, trigger guard, and grip frame having their own matching numbers set (35084). It is interesting that these two number sets are only 115 digits apart. The included case and accessories (powder flask, ball mold, balls, and cap tins) are in good shape.
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Barrel is 6-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .36 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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