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Revolver - Colt 1848 Baby Dragoon, 1849 Object Reg. No: ST 025802

Colt 1848 Baby Dragoon percussion revolver, cal. .31 in., rifled octagonal barrel 151 mm (6 inches).

Made by Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co., Hartford, Connecticut, serial number 7680, 1849.

The 1848 Baby Dragoon, as it became commonly called during the 20th century, is also termed the Old Pocket Model or the 1848 Model. It is the precursor to the popular Colt pocket model which was improved through the addition of a loading lever, and this model is therefore often termed the New Pocket Model, or commonly the 1849 Pocket model. Rather than the two models been distinguished as seperate models, the latter should be viewed as a continuation of the first and indeed the continuation of consecutive serial numbers from the 1848 Baby Dragoon to the 1849 Pocket model suggests as such.
Five chambered cylinder engraved with soldier and Indian scene heavily worn with few traces of cylinder scene remaining, oval cylinder stops, square back style brass trigger guard with light remnants of silver plating, steel frame, brass back strap with light remnants of silverplating, wooden grips with slight chip on right hand side, pin style front sight. Knurling on hammer is of course style.

Barrel address is two-line New York address. Condition is good, though no remaining blueing is present.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from M. Teese, 1965
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 11.00 cm (Height), 3.00 cm (Width), 25.00 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Barrel length 15.10cm (6 in.)

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Tagged with: revolvers american
Themes this item is part of: Firearms in Gold Rush Victoria, 1850s, Arms Collection, Colt Firearms in Colonial Victoria, 1850-1900, Firearms in Gold Rush Melbourne, 1850s, Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co., Gunmakers, Hartford, Connecticut, USA, Samuel Colt, Gunmaker (1814-1862)
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/ 7680
Stamped on L.H. side of frame: COLTS/ PATENT

Serial No. -
Cylinder: 7680; Trigger guard: 7680; Frame: 7680; Barrel lug: 7680; Butt: 7680
Model Name/Number: 1848 Baby Dragoon
Manufacturer: Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co, Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America, 1849


Ray Mathews Posted on 29 Apr 2014 3:19 AM
How much would a baby dragoon cost during the California gold rush days beginning in 1849?

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