Original U.S. Civil War Colt M1849 .31cal Pocket Percussion Revolver with 6" Barrel made in 1862 - Serial 231804

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. The serial Number 231804 can be found on the barrel, frame, trigger guard, and grip frame. The cylinder bears shortened number 31804, while the cylinder arbor pin is marked 180[4]. The loading rammer is unmarked, while the barrel wedge is an unmatched arsenal replacement marked 88660.

The serial number indicates indicates the year of manufacture as 1862, right during the early U.S. Civil War, so it almost certainly saw service during the conflict. As this revolver has a serial number over 187000, it has a six round .31 caliber cylinder, instead of the previous five. It features a long 6" barrel, in nice tight condition with nice aged finish on the steel, with just a bit of powder burn on the end of the cylinder. There is also some of the original cylinder "Stagecoach Holdup Scene" engraving visible, along with a partial COLT'S PATENT over the serial number marking. Unfortunately some light pitting has degraded the markings a bit.

The Colt later production single address is still fully legible across the top of the octagonal barrel -


There is also a faded COLTS PATENT marking correctly on the left side of the frame under the cylinder. The walnut grips are in very good shape, with a lovely color and the expected patina of age. They have however lost all of the original "Piano varnish" finish due to wear and cleaning.

The revolver functions correctly, with good indexing and a tight cylinder lockup. We have not noticed any of the usual finicky behavior revolvers of this age can have. The bore shows worn lands and grooves, with a bright finish showing some past oxidation and wear. We checked the cylinder, and all of the cap nipples are clear, and look to be original.

This is a very nice '49 Pocket dating from the Civil War, a wonderful acquisition for any collection.


Year of Manufacture: 1862
Caliber: .31cal
Ammunition Type: Cap and Ball
Barrel Length: 6 inches
Overall Length: 11 inches
Action: Single Action Percussion
Feed System: 6 Shot Revolver

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