ANTEBELLUM Antique COLT 1849 POCKET .31 Revolver
Made In 1853 with SCARCE 6-Inch Barrel!
Here we present an antique percussion Colt 1849 Pocket Revolver, made in 1853 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 and 325,000 total made by the end of production. 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 pistol 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. It did a fine job as a self-defense handgun for the average citizen in 19th Century America.
The overall condition is fine. The original blue finish is 75%. The case colors are still visible. The silver on the brass frame is 70%. The markings are clear. The cylinder scene is clear. The numbers match. The grips are in great shape. The bore is sharp. The action is excellent.
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Barrel is 6 inches.
Caliber: .31 percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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