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Colt US Model 1849 Pocket Revolver Civil War Era Cased Model 1849 Pocket Revolver .31 Muzzleloader
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Colt US Model 1849 Pocket Revolver Civil War Era Cased Model 1849 Pocket Revolver .31 Muzzleloader

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Cosheston, WalesPublished 1 Day ago
Sale typeTrade
MakeColt US Model 1849 Pocket Revolver Civil War Era
ModelCased Model 1849 Pocket Revolver
Manufactured Year1862
Barrel length4"
Gun StatusActivated
Recommended UsageCollection item

This is a good early example of a Colt Model 1849 pocket pistol in 31 calibre in its original case with accessories. The Colt pocket pistol was the largest selling pistol in the 1800’s a record that was not to be surpassed by the later single army colt revolver until 1912.

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.

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