Model: 1849 Pocket
Serial Number: 241155
Year of Manufacture: 1863 (Proofhouse.com)
Caliber: .31 Caliber Ball
Action Type: 6-Shot, Single Action Percussion Revolver
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “ADDRESS COL. SAML (small “L”) COLT / NEW YORK U.S. AMERICA.”. The underside of the barrel, frame, trigger guard plate, toe of the grip frame on the butt, underside of the cylinder pin, underside of the barrel wedge, top of the loading lever and cylinder are marked with the matching serial number. The left side of the frame is marked “COLT’S PATENT”, the left of the trigger guard is marked "31 CAL" with "2" at the left of the trigger guard bow. The cylinder is marked “COLT’S PATENT / No.” (then the serial number), with a faintly discernible Stage Coach Robbery scene roll marked, please see our pictures.
Barrel Length: 4”, Octagonal
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a small brass bead, screwed into the barrel. The rear sight is a “V” notch in the hammer.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are a one piece walnut stock, with a varnished finish. The stock has nice fit to the grip straps, there are some scuffs, a few moderate compressions and small scrapes, rubbing is seen on the rim of the butt portions. There are no cracks or major damages. The stock rates in about Very Good Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue, with Case Colored Hammer & Silver Plated Brass Frame
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is dark gray and the rifling is still highly defined. There are spots of moderate depth erosion present.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 15% of its metal finish, seen as small traces of silver plating on the brass trigger guard and on the loading lever. Exposed metal surfaces have a dark brown patina with scattered instances of erosion. The cylinder has heavy wear on its edges. The nipples have pitting, a few have chip losses. The barrel lug has heavy tool marks by and on the barrel wedge. The screw heads are moderately distressed but still serviceable. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The hammer has a strong mainspring, the cylinder produces light play in full lockup in all 6 chambers. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: From R.L. Wilson’s ‘The Book of Colt Firearms’, page 107 “This rather diminutive revolver, a smaller brother to the 36 caliber Model 1851 Navy, met with the largest sales unit volume in all of Colt’s percussion line. Indeed, no other percussion revolver made in America could match “The 1849” production record. Made from 1850 through 1873, the total manufactured was in excess of 325,000 in America, plus approximately 11,000 in London…Popular as a defense weapon, many thousands were sold in Western America to pioneer families. Soldiers appreciated the compact little pistols, and photographs of Civil War troops frequently show a sprinkling of the Model 1849 tucked into belts or in holsters.” This 1849 was made in 1863, dead in the middle of the American Civil War. While we cannot verify whether or not the pistol was involved in the war, it certainly has that 'been there and done that' look about it. Probably having been someone's reliable concealed carry, we can only imagine what stories this item has to tell. Please see our pictures and good luck.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This antique handgun can be sold in California.
LSB#: 161128LV51 Make: Colt Model: 1849 Pocket Serial Number: 241155 Year of Manufacture: 1863 (Proofhouse.com) Caliber: .31 Caliber Ball Action Type: 6-Shot
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