Cased CIVIL WAR Antique COLT 1849 Pocket Revolver
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Location Columbia, MO 65203
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Cased CIVIL WAR Antique COLT 1849 Pocket Revolver

FINE One-Line New York Address Made in 1861

Here we present an antique Colt 1849 Pocket Revolver, made in 1861 in Hartford, Connecticut. Over 280,000 of these were produced by Colt’s factory at Hartford by the end of the American Civil War in 1865. These were very popular and saw a lot of use on the battlefield, on the home front and in the West. These were some of the smallest, handiest pocket revolvers of the time.

One of the most aesthetically pleasing aspects of this revolver is its cylinder scene. Cylinder scenes during this period were common, especially for Colt, not only for their visual appeal, but because it made a revolver more difficult to forge. The scene on the 1849 Pocket is that of a stagecoach robbery. The focal point is the stagecoach drawn by four horses. A woman in a dress is seen framed in the doorway of the side of the coach. The driver is standing alongside wielding his pistol against multiple assailants as the horses rear and struggle against their harnesses. Several of the bandits lay dying on the ground, one tries to control the horses, two are running away and one is in the process of falling dead after being shot. Not a bad way to show interested buyers what a pistol like this would be good for.

Though not a primary military arm during the American Civil War, handguns were commonly privately purchased by soldiers for use on the battlefield. Whether legend or fact, it is interesting to note something commonly read about pocket revolvers of the day: that while they could be used for self-defense against the enemy, many soldiers kept them on their person to defend themselves against an unwanted amputation in the primitive field hospitals that were notorious, even in their day.

This specimen is in fine overall condition. It has the one-line New York barrel address. The original silver plate on the brass grip frame is near 100%. The iron surfaces are smooth with nice patina. The markings are clear and legible. The serial numbers match. The walnut grips are in fine condition. The bore is clearly rifled and clean. The action is strong. The case bears Colt’s “DIRECTIONS FOR LOADING COLT’S PISTOLS” on the inside of the lid. The case is very well-constructed and in fine condition.

Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.

Barrel is 4 inches in length.

Caliber: .31 percussion

The bore is in fine condition, well-rifled and clean. The firing mechanism is strong.

Overall condition as seen in photos.

Here is an excellent Civil War Colt 1849 Pocket specimen in a fantastic walnut case.

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5.00 Pounds