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Revolver - Colt 1849 Pocket, 1853 Object Reg. No: ST 023800

Summary:
Colt 1849 Pocket model percussion revolver, cal. .31 in., rifled octagonal barrel 15.30cm (6 in.) long with loading lever attached. Made by Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co., Hartford, Connecticut, serial number 37455, 1853.

The 1849 Pocket Model, also termed the New Pocket Model, was the singular most popular Colt handgun of the nineteenth century with its production (including the Baby Dragoon models) running from 1848 to 1872. Perceived as an improved continuation of the 1848 Baby Dragoon, it differed through the addition of a loading lever, rectangular cyclinder stops with guides and adopted the Stage coach hold-up scene, in place of the military themed soldiers and indian scene of the Baby Dragoon.
Description:
Five chambered cylinder engraved with crisp stagecoach hold-up scene, small rounded brass trigger guard with good remnants of silver plating, steel frame, brass back strap with good remnants of silver plating, wooden grips, pin style front sight. Knurling on hammer is of course style.

Barrel address is two-line New York address. Inspector's intial 'X' stamped onto triggerguard below serial number and 'L' stamped onto triangle of triggerguard right hand side.
Acquisition Information:
Unknown from Unknown
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 11.30 cm (Height), 3.00 cm (Width), 27.50 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Barrel length 15.30cm (6 in.)

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Tagged with: revolvers american
Themes this item is part of: Firearms in Gold Rush Victoria, 1850s, Colt Firearms in Colonial Victoria, 1850-1900, Firearms in Gold Rush Melbourne, 1850s, Arms Collection, Samuel Colt, Gunmaker (1814-1862), Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co., Gunmakers, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Primary Classification: ARMS & ARMOUR
Secondary Classification: Firearms
Tertiary Classification: handguns
Inscriptions: Stamped on barrel: ADDRESS SAML COLT/ NEW YORK CITY
Stamped on cylinder: COLTS/ PATENT/ No. 37455
Stamped on L.H. side of frame: COLTS/ PATENT
Stamped on triggerguard below serial no: X
Stamped on triggerguard R.H. triangle: L

Serial No. -
Cylinder: 37455; Loading lever: 7455; Trigger guard: 37455; Frame: 37455; Barrel lug: 37455; Butt: 37455
Model Name/Number: 1849 Pocket
Maker: Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co, Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America, 1853

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brian joseph green Posted on 04 Jan 2010 12:19 PM
COULD YOU TELL ME PLEASE,ANY INFORMATION ON A COLT REVOLVER .31 5 SHOT HARTFORD CONNETICUT STAMPED NO 172856 HOW MANY WERE MADE AND WHERE IT WAS MOST PROBABLY USED,THANK YOU, FROM ENGLAND
Discovery Centre Posted on 06 Jan 2010 4:38 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Brian, we've contacted our History & Technology department to see if they have any information and will get back to you soon.

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