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Revolver - Colt 1849 Pocket, 1853 Object Reg. No: ST 023793

Summary:
Colt 1849 Pocket model percussion revolver, cal. .31 in., rifled octagonal barrel 151 mm (6 inch) long with loading lever attached.

Made by Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co, Hartford, Connecticut. Serial number 48405, 1853.
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Description:
Five chambered cylinder engraved with stagecoach hold-up scene lightly worn but still visible, small rounded brass trigger guard with light remnants of silver plating, steel frame, brass back strap with light remnants of silver plating, wooden grips, pin style front sight heavily worn. Knurling on hammer is course style.

Barrel address is two-line New York address. Inspector's intial 'G' stamped onto triggerguard below serial number, 'H' stamped onto barrel lug above the serial number, 'R' stamped onto trigger guard right hand side triangle.

Rammer pivot bolt has been replaced with a brass rod. Main spring and action defective.
Statement Of Significance:
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 stagecoach hold-up scene, in place of the military themed soldiers and indian scene of the Baby Dragoon.
Acquisition Information:
Unknown from Unknown
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 11.00 cm (Height), 3.00 cm (Width), 27.50 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Barrel length 15.10cm (6 in.)

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Tagged with: revolvers american, smithovesson, smith o vesson, gunsmiths
Themes this item is part of: Colt Firearms in Colonial Victoria, 1850-1900, 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. 48405
Stamped on cylinder: H
Stamped on triggerguard below serial no: G
Stamped on barrel lug above serial no: H
Stamped on triggerguard R.H.side triangle: R
Stamped on L.H. side of frame: COLTS/ PATENT

Serial No. -
Cylinder: ?; Loading lever: -; Trigger guard: ?; Frame: ?; Barrel lug: ?; Butt: ? - noticed as the same serial sa 23799 on 12/10/05. Check.
Model Name/Number: 1849 Pocket
Manufacturer: Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co, Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America, 1853

Comments

Patrick Thompson Posted on 11 Jan 2010 7:38 AM
We are currently researching a very similar revolver found in the desert near the scene of the Pantano Train Robberies in Vail, AZ. Serial # range is very close, [Explicit] , but is has the shorter barrel. What we found interesting is that, when it was found, it was hung up on a live round. There's definately a story to this guy. It's a rather common gun, and not in the best of shape, but the story would be interesting if we can figure it out.

Patrick Thompson
Historian-Tucson, AZ
ROBERT FORTE SR Posted on 25 Mar 2010 6:54 AM
JUST BOUGHT A 49 COLT POCKET PISTOL, SER #325291, MADE IN 1871; ALL MATCHING SERIAL NUMBERS WHERE THEY S HOULD BE, EXCEPT NO NUMBER UNDER THE LOADING LEVER;BUT LOADING LEVER LOOKS LIKE IT BELONGS IN ALL OTHER ASPECTS. DOES THIS MEAN IT WAS REPLACED, OR SER NUMBER WAS NEVER STAMPED THERE?
Discovery Centre Posted on 29 Mar 2010 12:22 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi there Robert - For that kind of specialist inquiry, our Arms curator suggests you post a question on the Colt forum: see http://www.coltforum.com/ You should get a pretty rapid response.

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