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General Specs: Colt, Year 1852, .31, 26.2oz
Serial Number: 54579

This 1852 manufactured Colt 1849 Pocket revolver is configuration with a 6″ barrel chambered for .31 caliber ball. Given its exquisite ornamentation by the renown engraver, Gustav Young, we can easily imagine that this gun was purchased as a presentation gun.  It has a brass pin front sight and is engraved “SAML COLT”. Left side of frame is engraved in a ribbon “COLTS PATENT”. The trigger guard is silver plated brass, as is the backstrap which holds a one piece Deluxe Walnut Burl grip, the backstrap channel carries the last three serial digits. Frame and recoil shield have full coverage deluxe engraving by Gustav Young, consisting of intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background and several scrolls terminating in blooming flowers. The engraving extends over the barrel lug and onto the rammer pivot plate and the wavy line borders on the barrel lug faces are part of extra grade of decoration that is denoted by the small dots near each serial number; guns so marked would get special attention from the engraving and finishing rooms. A single scroll on the right hand side finishes in a Mr. Young’s trademark dogs head. Top side flats of the octagonal barrel are engraved to match, tapering out after the pivot, the barrel crown has a simple border pattern. The upper portion of the back strap has Mr. Young’s distinctive fan motif with more folate patterns down the back strap, butt strap and trigger guard while the front strap remains clear of engraving. All screw heads and pins are engraved with star bursts and appear finished with Colt’s fire blue. The five shot cylinder is roll marked with a Stagecoach holdup scene with Colt’s Patent marking and matching serial number showing about 65% with some lite dents and wear; all five cylinder nipples and safety pins are in good order. The overall fine condition of this pistol includes the barrel, wedge, rammer handle – all with a matching patina with dark case colors while the pivot, frame and hammer retain similar color. The cylinder has a smooth brown patina overall with some fine pits on the leading edge. As can be expected there is some pitting on the hammer nose and inner edge. The trigger guard and backstrap retains about 95% of its silver plating with most loss on edges and the backstrap toe. Mechanically the gun is in fine working order with a strong mainspring and timed cylinder rotation. The bore exhibits strong rifling with some pitting. The one piece deluxe burl walnut grips have almost all of the original varnish remaining with some wear on the bottom edges.

Overall a delightful gun that was given extra attention when receiving its extra fancy engraving and finishes, it will be a great addition to your Colt collection.


Barrel Length: 6″
Bores:  Very good, strong rifling
% Blue: Mostly brown patina
Sights: Front gold bead, rear hammer V notch
Action: Single action only percussion revolver
Receiver Condition:  Patina
Screws: Very good
Trigger Type: Single-crisp
Type: One piece deluxe burl walnut
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Payment and Shipping
Payment Methods: Credit Card, Money Order, Certified Check, Personal Check, Wire Transfer (Advertised price reflects 3% cash discount. Actual price if paid by credit card is 3% higher.)
Inspection Period / Return Policy: Three Days from the date the item was received.
Sales Tax: Collected in AR, IL, KS, MI, PA, TN
Shipping & Insurance: Ground $160.00 within the continental U.S. Additional fees for HI & AK. We ship internationally with additional fees!
Item Condition: Used
Requires FFL?: No, Antique
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We employ a full time gunsmith on premises and can perform alterations to suit your needs within a few weeks of purchase. Common requests are: -stock bending to suit your particular requirements -addition of any specified butt pad to increase length of pull -alteration of chokes to suit your shooting preferences -lengthening of chambers and forcing cones -darkening stock color with penetrating stains -restoring any part of the gun including rust blue, charcoal blue, bone and charcoal case color, wood restoration and checkering recuts. If you like one our guns but it needs “tweaked”, let us know and we can quote you a time and price. Some enthusiasts like the guns “as found” and others want them “just so”. We often list guns as found and let the particular buyer choose how they want their gun to fit or look.

You're viewing: Colt .31 Model 1849 Pocket Percussion – GUSTAV YOUNG ENGRAVED, MATCHING SERIAL NUMBERS $7,450.00
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