1872 LETTERED Antique COLT 1849 POCKET Revolver Made In 1872 w Factory Letter Shipped to New York!
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1872 LETTERED Antique COLT 1849 POCKET Revolver
Made In 1872 w Factory Letter Shipped to New York!
Here we present an antique Colt 1849 Pocket Revolver, made in 1872 in Hartford, Connecticut and shipped to J.P. Moore’s & Sons in New York City in a batch of 15 total revolvers. 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 very good. The iron parts have been re-blued with 98% remaining. The brass parts have a dark yellow patina. The markings are clear. The cylinder scene is complete and clear. The numbers match. The wedge is unnumbered. The walnut grips are smooth and solid. The action is excellent. It is quite uncommon to come across a Colt lettered Model 1849 Pocket!
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Barrel is 4 inch octagon.
Caliber: .31 percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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