RARE Gustave Young ENGRAVED COLT 1849 Pocket Cased
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Location Columbia, MO 65203
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RARE Gustave Young ENGRAVED COLT 1849 Pocket Cased

Made in 1863 during American Civil War w Wolf Head

Here we present an antique Colt 1849 Pocket Revolver, made in 1863. This 1849 Pocket Revolver was factory cased and engraved by the famous and trend-setting master engraver Gustave Young. Gustave Young was one of many German immigrants who came to the United States and worked in the firearms industry. However, Young’s talents were most assuredly in engraving and his style set him apart from his contemporaries. This influx of German engravers starting in about 1850 was perhaps the beginning of what R.L. Wilson has called the “golden age of arms engraving in America”. Other names such as Bodenstein, Helfricht, Nimschke, and several Ulrichs would also make their enormous contributions to the craft, imparting their Germanic influence and become legends as well. Wilson goes on to say that “Young is generally considered to have been the best arms engraver active in 19th Century America.” Young was “Colt’s chief engraving contractor from 1852-1869.”

This revolver features beautiful, fancy, high-polished burl walnut grips. It is gorgeously engraved by Gustav Young with 80% coverage. The engraving is characterized by Young’s use of a wolf’s head on each side of the hammer as well as his broad floral scroll. The cylinder features a stage coach hold-up scene.

This specimen is in fine condition. The choice burl walnut grips are in excellent condition, showing very little handling and almost all the original varnish. Blue remains on the barrel, especially around the forcing cone and on the bottom. Case colors on the frame, hammer and loading lever are still visible and a small amount of silver plate remains inside the brass trigger guard. The stage coach hold-up cylinder scene is excellently preserved and completely visible. All markings are clear, engraving impeccable, typical of Young’s work. Bore is in good condition. Action is excellent. All numbers match.

This revolver comes complete with an original walnut case. Yellow velvet lines the interior. Case contains accoutrements including the key to the lock, Colt’s Patent bullet mold, powder flask with an eagle and crossed revolvers, a tin of percussion caps, and a lead ball.

Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction. Another example found elsewhere for $28,000!

Barrel is 4 inches in length.

Caliber: .31 percussion

The bore is in good condition, and the firing mechanism is excellent.

Overall condition as seen in photos.

Here is a fantastic, investment-worthy, Civil War era piece of Colt art produced by Gustave Young.

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5.00 Pounds