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 LOT 1324
Cased London Proofed
Colt Model 1849 Pocket
Percussion Revolver -
Serial no. 296636, 31 cal.,
6 inch octagon bbl., blue/
casehardened finish, walnut
grips. This revolver was
manufactured in 1867 and
was destined for Colt’s
London Agency as shown
by the London proof and
view marks on the barrel
and cylinder and the “L”
designation marked below
the serial number on the
frame, trigger guard, and
back strap. It has a brass
cone front sight, the one-line New York barrel address, six-shot cylinder with the stagecoach scene, standard Colt patent markings, “31 CAL” on the left rear shoulder of the trigger guard, blued iron grip frame like the London factory revolvers, and matching visible serial numbers. It comes in a fitted case with red lining, loading and cleaning directions label, cleaning rod, ball/bullet mold, combination tool, cap tin, powder flask, and a few lead balls.
CONDITION: Fine with 70% plus original blue on the barrel and grip frame, traces of original blue on the cylinder, patches of strong case colors on the flats of the loading lever and sides of the hammer, traces of case colors in the protected areas of
the frame, mild pitting down the back strap, smooth gray and brown patina on the balance, crisp cylinder scene and other markings, and generally mild wear. The grip is also fine aside from a chip at the toe on the left and has most of the original varnish remaining, minor edge wear, and some light scratches. Mechanically fine. The case and accessories are very good and have mild age and storage related wear, the compartment lid absent from the case, and some oxidation on the metal. Overall, this is a solid representative cased set containing Colt’s most popular 19th century revolver.
Provenance: The Norm Vegely Collection.
Estimate: 3,500 - 5,500
LOT 1325
LOT 1326
Fine Civil War Era Colt
Model 1849 Pocket
Percussion Revolver with
Attractive Grip - Serial no. 184115, 31
cal., 4 inch octagon bbl., blue/casehardened/silver
finish, antique ivory grips. Manufactured in 1861. The Model
1849 Pocket was the most popular of all of Colt’s percussion
revolvers. They would certainly have been more convenient
for those needing some personal protection in the gold fields and saloons of the
West as well as the crowded and crime riddled streets of the large cities in the East
compared to the larger Colt Dragoon revolvers or mid-sized Model 1851 Navy and
definitely packed more firepower than many of the single and double shot pocket
pistols of the day. During the Civil War, many of these were also carried as personal sidearms.
The barrel has the two-line Hartford address. “COLTS/PATENT” is stamped on the left side of the frame. The cylinder has the stagecoach hold up scene. Matching full or partial serial numbers visible on the barrel, frame, trigger guard, butt, loading lever, wedge, cylinder and cylinder pin, and handwritten in black ink inside the mortise of the original special one-piece grip.
CONDITION: Very fine, retains 70% original blue finish with smooth brown patina on the balance, 60% vivid original case colors with smooth gray and brown patina on the balance, scattered light freckling, 90% original silver plated finish with a slightly tarnished appearance on the trigger guard and grip straps, and sharp markings and cylinder scene. Grip is excellent with some light handling marks and distinct edges. Mechanically excellent.
Provenance: The Herb Glass, Jr. Collection; Property of a Gentleman.
Estimate: 3,000 - 4,500
LOT 1327
Colt Pocket Navy Cartridge Conversion
Revolver with Desirable Long Barrel - Serial no. 4140,
38 RF cal., 6 1/2 inch round bbl., nickel finish, walnut grips. One of
approximately 6,500 factory converted c. 1873-1875. The barrel has
the standard two-line address and the two patent dates are marked
on the left of the frame. “N” stamped under serial number on frame, trigger guard, and
butt (writer believes this to denote nickel finish). Matching visible serial number “4140”
on the barrel, frame, trigger guard, butt and cylinder, with “4070” on the cylinder pin
and loading gate, and an unnumbered wedge.
CONDITION: Very fine, retains 80% original nickel finish with some light flaking around some of the edges and some areas of light freckling. A few screw heads are slightly deformed. The grip is very fine, with some dents and handling marks, and a few minor chips along the defined edges. Mechanically functions fine, but is slightly out of time.
Estimate: 1,800 - 2,750
LOT 1328
Fine British Proofed
Colt Model 1855 “Root” Sidehammer
Percussion Pocket Revolver - Serial no. 7153L, 31 cal., 3
1/2 inch round bbl., blue finish, walnut grips. This Model 5 version of the
Model 1855 was manufactured in 1863 and has the two-line New York
barrel address, a fluted cylinder with patent marking on one of the flutes, “31
CAL” marked on the right side of the frame, and the barrel and cylinder are stamped
with British “crown/V” and “crown/GP” proofs. Unique “L” suffix after serial number.
Given their sleek design which departs heavily from the usual Colt percussion
revolvers along with their limited production and several production variations,
these revolvers have long been popular with collectors.
CONDITION: Fine, retains 60% plus original blue finish with flaking and smooth brown patina on the balance. One of the screw heads is half absent on the left of the frame. The grip is also fine, with some scattered light surface crazing, some light handling marks, and defined edges.
Mechanically excellent.
Estimate: 1,600 - 2,500
    Fine Cased London
Colt Model 1851
Navy Percussion
Revolver - Serial no.
35121, 36 cal., 7 1/2
inch octagon bbl.,
finish, walnut grips.
This cased revolver
was manufactured
in 1855 at Colt’s
short-lived London
factory and features
the London barrel
address, London
proof and view
marks, standard roll-scene and patent markings, round head screws, iron grip frame, and all matching visible serial numbers. The oak case has a directions for loading and cleaning label inside the lid and contains a cleaning rod, L-shaped combination tool, blued ball/bullet mold, oiler, cap tin, Hazard marked cartridge skin pack, Hawksley flask, a screwdriver, and bullets. Many of these London Colts were purchased by officers of the Royal Army and Royal Navy in the U.K. during the Crimean War. CONDITION: Fine with 60% plus bright original high polish blue finish on the barrel which has flaking and mild pitting on the front half on the left, mostly smooth gray-brown patina on the cylinder, strong case colors on the sides of the loading lever and hammer as well as the protected areas of the frame and mostly silvered out case colors on the balance, patches of strong original blue in the protected areas of the grip straps, smooth gray patina on the balance, replaced hammer screw and front trigger guard screw, and minor overall wear. The grip is also fine and has most of the varnish remaining, minor edge wear, and light scratches and dings. Mechanically fine. The case and accessories are fine with mild wear.
Provenance: The Chet Fulmer Collection; Property of a Gentleman.
Estimate: 3,000 - 5,000

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