Original U.S. Civil War Colt M1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver made in 1856 - Matching Serial 114211

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 114211 can be found on the barrel, frame, cylinder (faint), trigger guard and grip frame. The loading rammer and cylinder axis pin have shortened number 4211, while the barrel wedge is marked 14211. This makes this a very desirable "ALL MATCHING" example of the M1849 Pocket revolver.

The serial number indicates indicates the year of manufacture as 1856, just before the U.S. Civil War, so it almost certainly saw service during the conflict. Five shot percussion, .31 caliber with a short 4" barrel, in nice tight condition with nice aged finish on the steel. There is some sign of refinishing on some components, so it does look to have been arsenal serviced at sometime in its life.

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


It also has the correct COLTS PATENT on the left 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 much 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. As with any revolver of this age it can be finicky at times. The bore shows worn lands and grooves, with a partly bright finish showing light oxidation and wear. All of the cap nipples look to be original, and are at least partly clear.

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


Year of Manufacture: 1856
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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