Original U.S. Civil War Colt M1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver made in 1856 - Serial 113881

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 113881 can be found on the frame, barrel, trigger guard, grip frame, cylinder, and the loading rammer, which indicates the year of manufacture as 1856. The barrel wedge is an unmarked arsenal replacement. This Colt revolver falls right before the U.S. Civil War, and almost certainly saw use during the conflict.

Six shot percussion, .31 caliber with a short 4" barrel, all numbers matching except for the wedge. The revolver is worn overall, however the Colt early two line address is still well marked in a line across the top of the octagonal barrel -


The condition is nice but the Stage Coach scene on the cylinder is mostly gone. The finish is a nice worn blue, giving it a lovely grayish patina. The walnut grips are present, though the right grip has a repaired chunk, and the left grip has repaired cracking. They still have some of the original "Piano Varnish" finish that was applied to these at the factory. The revolver cycles well, however as with any revolver of this age it can be a bit finicky, and has issues with indexing.

This is a very nice '49 Pocket dating from the Civil War in great used condition; 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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