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Original U.S. Civil War Colt M1849 Pocket Percussion 4" Barrel Revolver with Cylinder Scene made in 1860 - Serial 168549

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 168549 can be found on the barrel, frame, trigger guard, cylinder, and grip frame. The cylinder arbor pin, loading rammer, and barrel wedge all have a shortened version of this number, making this a very nice "ALL MATCHING" revolver, totally un-messed with, and it's definitely a great one!

The serial number indicates indicates the year of manufacture as 1860, just before the U.S. Civil War, so it almost certainly saw service during the conflict. As this revolver has a serial number under 187000, it has a five round .31 caliber cylinder, instead of the later six. A nice percussion revolver, in .31 caliber with a short 4" barrel, in nice tight condition with nice aged finish on the steel, and a lovely mustard patina on the brass.

This example still has a most of the original cylinder "Stagecoach Holdup Scene" engraving visible, along with a clear COLT'S PATENT over the serial number marking. There is just a bit of wear near the front of the cylinder, making this one of the better cylinder scenes we have seen.

The Colt early two line address is still well marked in two lines across the top of the octagonal barrel -


There is also a clear 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 still have most of the original "Piano Varnish" finish that was applied to these at the factory. 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 strong lands and grooves, with only minor fouling and oxidation. The barrel - frame connection is wobble free. All of the cap nipples on the cylinder are clear, with some light powder burn.

This is a great '49 Pocket dating from just before the Civil War, a wonderful acquisition for any collection.


Year of Manufacture: 1860
Caliber: .31cal
Ammunition Type: Cap and Ball
Barrel Length: 4 inches
Overall Length: 9 inches
Action: Single Action Percussion
Feed System: 5 Shot Revolver

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