Model: 1862 Pocket Police (we believe it to be a Blackpowder 2nd Generation 1862 Pocket)
Serial Number: M.S.I.M.L.T.-3
Year of Manufacture: Colt Blackpowder Reproductions & Replicas Classified as Antique by the ATF. Modern manufacture
Caliber: .36 Cap and Ball
Action Type: Single Action Percussion Revolver
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “Address SamL Colt New-York U.S. America”. The bottom of the barrel lug, frame and grip frame are marked “M.S.I.M.L.T.-3” while the bottom of the backstrap is marked “M.S.I.M. / L.T.-3”. The left side of the frame is marked “Colts / Patent”. The cylinder is engraved and marked “PAT SEPT.10TH 1850”. The left side of the grip frame at the rear of the trigger guard is marked “36 CAL”.
Barrel Length: 5 ½”.
Sights / Optics: This revolver is mounted with a grooved hammer for a rear sight and a brass bead front sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grip is one piece walnut with a lacquered finish. The gun has been handled very little outside the factory case. There is a light scratch on the left side, likely from a wedding ring. The grip rates in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: The revolver has been antiqued
Finish Originality: The finish is original.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright, and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion. There is no indication in the barrel, cylinder or nipples that this revolver was ever fired outside the factory.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 99+% of its antiqued aged finish. The gun has been aged to look old and worn, so it is difficult to determine what wear has resulted from handling and storage. There are no marks that we can see from mishandling or negligent care. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: We did not test the revolver for function, we find it to be unnecessary given the overall condition of the piece. There is no evidence in the barrel, cylinder or nipples that this revolver has ever been shot outside the factory. We did not fire this revolver.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The green velvet fitted and lined wood case is marked with a plaque that serializes to the gun and a Colt Custom Shop Medallion inset on the lid. The key for the case is included and there is a little plaque describing the gun, likely what was on the table the night of the auction. A section has been ripped through the description.
Our Assessment: Now I know the first thing you are going to ask is “where is the colt letter?” and I get it. However, spend a few moments with the gun and you don’t need one. If I was an engraver with enough skill to replicate the detail and picturesque engraving found on this pistol I wouldn’t give the credit to someone else. You don’t need a letter, the gun says it all. A true one of a kind piece that is so beautiful can be appreciated by many.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This antique classified percussion single action revolver CAN be sold in California.