FINE, NICKEL Early CARTRIDGE COLT Revolver .38 Caliber Rimfire POCKET NAVY
Made Circa 1873; Includes a Tooled Leather Holster!
Here we present an Early Colt Cartridge “Pocket Navy” Revolver in .38 Rimfire, made circa 1873 in Hartford, Connecticut. There were somewhere around 10,000 of these made using existing percussion revolvers or parts and manufacturing new components to accept cartridges. The factory conversion of Colt’s percussion line coincided with the expiration of the S&W owned Rollin White Patent, from which Smith & Wesson benefitted greatly as they dominated the market for cartridge revolvers for over a decade. This one is the same size as the 1849 pocket and was probably partially assembled from Model 1849 parts. This revolver would have made an excellent companion for a civilian or lawman in the late 19th Century!
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.
The overall condition is fine. Original nickel finish. The action is excellent. The bore is in good shape with strong rifling. The floral tooled leather holster is in very good condition. Here is a scarce Colt revolver that would have been among Colt’s first cartridge revolvers!
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Barrel is 3-½ inches.
Caliber: .38 Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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