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The revolver cocks and locks as it should with very little play. The cylinder scene is visible and all numbers match. The serial number is in the 213000 range which according to Jordan and Watts seminal work on the Colt Pocket 1849 dates it to 1862. Frames were stamped 31 cal from around serial number 230000 to differentiate the 1849 from the newly introduce .36 calibre Pocket Navy. The case is an American case with flat hinges and contains the correct Colt stamped mould and American Eagle embossed powder flask with a correct period US cap tin. This is a Civil War era revolver and thousands of these were purchased privately as back up weapons and were still in use during the 1870’s.
The lining of the case is original green velvet and there is an old crack in the lid. One compartment contains a quantity of lead balls that from their oxidation were probably cast in the 1860’s.
Overall a decent example of an iconic revolver and a true piece of history.