Original U.S. Civil War Era Named & Silver Plated Colt M1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver made in 1853 - Serial 71035

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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 71035 can be found on the barrel, frame, trigger guard, cylinder and grip frame. The loading rammer, cylinder axis pin, and barrel wedge all have a shortened number 1035, making this a very nice "All Matching" example.

The serial number indicates indicates the year of manufacture as 1853, well before the U.S. Civil War. It may have seen service during that conflict, though more likely it was a gentleman's personal sidearm, which he had decorated to suit his fancy. The grip back strap is engraved with lovely foliate decorations around the name JOHN MEADOWS. The revolver was then plated entirely in silver, or possibly dipped, given the texture of some areas. Much of this is remaining, especially on the brass components, which retain silver plate much better than steel, which unfortunately has had a lot of the silver wear or flake away. Still, this must have been a very attractive revolver in its prime!

Six shot percussion, .31 caliber with a short 4" barrel, in nice tight condition with a lovely patina of age. The silver plate is well retained on the grip frame and trigger guard, and the frame also has much remaining on the lower portion, though it has peeled away on the recoil shield. There is a bit remaining on the cylinder axis pin, however the cylinder is almost completely missing the plating. The barrel still has a good deal, but only on the underside, where it was protected by the loading rammer.

The metalwork, while somewhat stained and oxidized, was well protected by the plating, so there is very little pitting or real rust. This is something we rarely see, and there is also most of the original cylinder "Stagecoach Holdup Scene" engraving visible, along with a clear COLT'S PATENT. Appears to be in good functioning condition, with clear cap nipples on all cylinders.

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


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 is tight with firm lock-up and the action functions correctly. However, as with any gun this age, it can be finicky. The bore shows clear lands and grooves, with a mostly bright finish.

This is a very nice named and personalized '49 Pocket dating from before Civil War and is as tight as a drum; a wonderful acquisition for any collection.


Year of Manufacture: 1853
Caliber: .31cal
Ammunition Type: Cap and Ball
Barrel Length: 5 inches
Overall Length: 10 inches
Action: Single Action Percussion
Feed System: 5 Shot Revolver

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