Model: 1849 Pocket
Serial Number: 152071
Year of Manufacture: 1859
Caliber: .31 Caliber
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked Address Sam Colt / New York City”. The left side of the barrel assembly is marked “2” and the ramrod is marked “2071”. The underside of the barrel assembly, frame, trigger guard, back strap, cylinder and ramrod are all serial numbered to match. There is a “V” on the left trigger guard bow, a “c” on the left side of the trigger guard at the frame and a magnificent cylinder scene.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are originally finished one piece wood. The grips show only light marking and loss to the finish. The fit is especially good and there are no splits or gouges. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Finish Originality: Factory Original – Guaranteed!
Bore Condition: The bore is actually bright! Yes, this bore is bright. I have never seen a percussion gun, from the era, with a bore this nice. The rifling is sharp and deep. There is honestly no erosion in the bore. The best bore we have ever seen on a gun of this period.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 80% of its truly original metal finish. The blue barrel and cylinder show thinning and light discoloration to patina. There is also edge wear and slight marking on the barrel. The chambers in the cylinder look almost as good as the bore, and show light through the nipples. The case colored frame shows the vast majority of its finish, though the colors have faded. There is some slight marking on the flats from storage with the accessories and lead balls. The silver plating on the straps and trigger guard is nearly 100% intact, with appropriate and pleasing tarnish. The screw heads are excellent and sharp – some could be unturned. The markings are about as sharp as the day they were struck, with the only light mark being the address on the top barrel flat, which is (typical). Overall, this gun rates in about Excellent condition – and amongst the highest condition 1849’s on the market.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This gun comes CASED in an apparently Original Box! The wood shows appropriate age and construction, as does the velvet, which has likely not been replaced since 1859. The dividers are complete and sound, and the box itself is complete. The corners have begun to separate and could use some reinforcement. That said, the box is not weak at all. The velvet along the back has been glued back in place, with a bit of glue seeping at the bottom. The gun shows slight wear, consistent with the specific areas of wear on the velvet. This is most noticeable on the right grip, ram rod and cylinder & wedge on the lid. Inside the box is found 4 .31 Caliber balls, a Union Metallic Cartridge Co. Cap Tin (with an unknown number of caps inside, probably around 10). The cap tin was too difficult to open. A 2-cavity bullet mold is also included, one a mini ball cavity and the other a round ball cavity. Finally, a correct
powder horn is included, showing appropriate age and tarnish. No key is included, unless it is inside the cap tin… We may never know.
Our Assessment: What an incredible package!!! A truly minty percussion Colt – in the original Case and with original accessories, WOW! Your average frontiersman and soldier would not have owed a cased gun like this, and your imagination is the only entity to tell you who did. This is a Colt that would be near impossible to improve on, both in condition and completeness. We guarantee the originality of the finish on this gun, so bid with confidence. This gun will end up as the pinnacle of your collection. Good Luck!
Sold For: $4,525