FINE Cased PAIR of Antique COLT 1849 .31 Revolvers
2 Variations for an Instant Displayable Collection!
Here we present an antique Pair of Colt 1849 Pocket Revolvers. Each of these examples represents a different variation. Number 47552 was made in 1852, has the small silver-plated brass trigger guard, and has the two-line New York address. It has a 6-inch barrel. Number 181045 was made in 1860, has the larger silver-plated brass trigger guard, and bears the two-line Hartford address. It also features a scarce variety of front sight with a disc-like base with a cone on top.
These specimens are each in fine overall condition. 47552 retains about 95% of its original silver-plate finish. The original blue is about 40% with an aged patina making up the balance. Markings are clear and legible. The serial numbers match, including the wedge. The cylinder scene is very fine. The original walnut grips are in fine condition with an old chip off the right side. The bore is sharply rifled and shiny. The action is strong. 181045 is likewise in fine condition. About 95% of the original silver-plate finish remains on it as well. Case colors are visible on the frame. The original blue is about 30%. The markings on this specimen are clear and legible. The cylinder scene is quite intact. The grips are in very good condition, with the right side showing some old chipping. The bore is sharp and clean. The action is strong.
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.
Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.
Barrels are 6 inches in length.
Caliber: .31 percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
Here are two very attractive variants of Colt’s most popular percussion revolver, cased together, and perfect for display.
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