A cased and factory engraved Colt Model 1849 percussion pocket revolver
Lot 194ANTIQUE
A cased and factory engraved Colt Model 1849 percussion pocket revolver
the engraving attributed to Thomas J. Barlow
US$ 80,000 - 100,000
£ 60,000 - 75,000

Lot Details
A cased and factory engraved Colt Model 1849 percussion pocket revolver
A cased and factory engraved Colt Model 1849 percussion pocket revolver
the engraving attributed to Thomas J. Barlow
Serial no. 43876 (with a dot) for 1852, .31 caliber, 6 inch barrel with hand engraved address Sam'l Colt. Barrel lug, loading lever lug, and frame with deluxe 'donut' scroll engraving. Colt's/Patent hand engraved in banner on left side of frame. Hammer with scroll engraving and wolf's head. Blued, casehardened, and silver-plated finish. Engraved screw-heads. Cylinder with roll-engraved stagecoach hold-up scene. Triggerguard engraved with rocker panel border with scroll engraving on bow. Gripstrap with scroll-engraved panels. Deluxe varnished walnut grips. Complete with original French style rosewood case; lined with dark green velour and piped in rose; vacant brass escutcheon on lid, shield-shaped brass keyhole escutcheon with key. Accessories include two-cavity brass mold marked Colt's Patent without sprue cutter, three-cavity flask, (Riling no. 462), a blued L-shaped combination tool, a nearly empty tin of 100 Colt's pistol caps made by Eley Brothers.
Condition: Excellent. Barrel retains 95% plus of dark blue finish, showing some flaking around breech and a few small areas with scratches or storage marks. Cylinder retains 90% blue finish with sharp scene; drag mark and scattered light scratches. Lug, rammer, frame, and cylinder retain areas of faded case hardening. Triggerguard/gripstrap retain 95% unpolished silver-plated finish, with apex of rear toe dented; scattered areas of light wear. Grips with 80% varnish, showing scattered marks from storage and losses to varnish on both sides in areas behind frame. Case lid with some scattered scratches. Rose piping faded, dark green velour shows some light wear. Accessories excellent. Flask with a few light dents.
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Footnotes

  • Note: See pages 13-20 in Colt Factory Engravers, by Herbert G. Houze.
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ANTIQUE Antique - pre 1899

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