Original U.S. Civil War Cased Colt M1849 Pocket Percussion 6" Barrel Revolver with Cylinder Scene made in 1860 with Accessories - Serial 175338

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. The Colt "Pocket Percussion" Model 1849 revolvers in .31cal are essentially scaled down versions of the larger Navy Model 1851 in .36cal, and were developed concurrently. This wonderful example has serial number 175338 on the barrel, frame, cylinder, trigger guard, and grip frame. The loading rammer and cylinder arbor pin are marked with shortened number 5338, however the barrel wedge is an unmarked arsenal replacement. This makes this a very nice "MOSTLY MATCHING" example of the M1849 Pocket revolver, without any major parts swapped out over the years. Not only that, it is really in great shape considering the age and era it was produced during!

To make this offering even better, it came to us with a fantastic custom wood case, which measures approximately 12" x 6" x 2 1/4", and has different compartments inside, all red velvet lined. These are for various accessories one might use with the pistol, and in the case are a very nice brass bullet mold with inlets for round and tipped bullets, as well as a lovely powder flask. The case does look to be 20th century most likely, and has a functional latch on the front, though we do not have the key to lock it.

The serial number on the revolver indicates indicates the year of manufacture as 1860, right before the beginning of the U.S. Civil War, so it almost certainly saw service during the conflict. It also features the Colt 'Hartford' two line address marking still fully legible across the top of the octagonal barrel:-


There is still debate over the use of the "Hartford" address during this period, however it is thought that many of the revolvers so marked were specifically made for orders doing to the South during the years leading up to the Civil War. New York was viewed as the center of the abolitionist movement, so changing the address to Hartford, the actual address of the Colt Factory, was a way to make the revolvers more acceptable in the South. There are many known Confederate used Colt revolvers that had the Hartford address.

As this revolver has a serial number under 187000, it has the earlier 5 round .31 caliber cylinder, instead of the later six. It also features a rare long 6" barrel, and is in nice tight condition with nice lightly aged patina on the steel, showing much of the original finish. It even still has about 75% of the original plating on the brass grip frame, something we almost never see! Additionally, about 75% of the original "Stagecoach Robbery" cylinder engraving can still be seen, which is usually completely worn away. The COLT'S PATENT marking is almost fully intact as well. Often we see these with the markings completely removed from the cylinder, so this is a real treat!

It also has the correct COLTS PATENT on the left frame under the cylinder, though there is no "31CAL" marking on the trigger guard, which is not uncommon. The walnut grip is in very good condition, with a lovely color and very little damage or wear. It still has about 80% of the original "Piano Varnish" finish that was applied to these at the factory, with just some light wear on the bottom corners where usually seen, as well as some additional wear on the right side.

The revolver functions just about flawlessly, with solid indexing and a firm cylinder lockup. We did not notice any of the usual finicky behavior we often see with revolvers of this age. The barrel to frame connection is solid, and the revolver breaks down correctly. The bore is in excellent condition, with a bright finish showing clear lands and grooves. There is just a bit of oxidation and fouling close to the forcing cone, probably from not being cleaned, but this is really a top class bore for a percussion revolver. The brass front sight is still present and in very good condition, though oxidized. All 5 cap nipple cones are intact and clear, though they do show some oxidation and powder burn to the exterior.

This is a fantastic '49 Pocket dating from just before Civil War with a possible Confederate connection. With a custom case and some nice accessories, this would be a very nice acquisition for any collection. In wonderful condition and ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: 1860
Caliber: .31cal
Ammunition Type: Cap and Ball
Barrel Length: 6 inches
Overall Length: 11 inches
Action: Single Action Percussion
Feed System: 5 Shot Revolver

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