Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver, Factory Engraved by Gustave Young, Cased, Lettered
Shipped to B. Kittredge & Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, September 25th, 1861
Overall, this is an outstanding Model 49 documented by a scarce factory letter… - SOLD
This 31-caliber percussion Colt with 5” barrel is accompanied by an original Colt factory letter
which documents the gun as described below. The letter is dated May 18th, 1999 and signed
by Kathleen J. Hoyt, who was the curator. It notes that it is a Colt Model 1849, SN 187254 and
left the factory on September 25th, 1861 and was shipped to B. Kittredge & Company in
Cincinnati, Ohio (with 20 other similar guns). This pistol is fitted with a 5” barrel and 6-shot
cylinder and was factory engraved by Gustave Young. The Young-style engraving features
Germanic scrolls on a punch dot background, wolf head motif on the hammer, human head
figure wearing a hat on the left side of the barrel lug. Scroll engraving on barrel, loading lever,
frame, back strap, and trigger guard. Blue with case hardened frame, loading lever, and
hammer. Barrel marked with one line “ADDRESS COL SAML COLT NEW-YORK U.S.
AMERICA”. The frame and cylinder are both marked with “COLTS PATENT”. The pistol is
housed in a deluxe fitted “French” style case with correct bullet mold, powder flask, combination
nipple wrench/screwdriver; percussion cap tin marked “Union Metallic Cartridge Co.”.
LITERATURE: This very revolver is described by Robert M. Jordan and Darrow M. Watt in their
book “COLTS POCKET 49 IT’S EVOLUTION”, pp. 247, 248, 283 & 284. The case, pistol, detail
of engraving and factory letter are discussed and depicted.
CONDITION: The barrel has approximately 60-70% bright blue mixed with blue-grey patina;
approximately 75% original blue mixed with patina on cylinder. Traces of case color on frame,
loading lever, and hammer turning a pleasing grey-brown patina; 90%+ original silver plating
on back strap and trigger guard. Engraving is sharp and crisp, strong roll die scene on
cylinder. The action is tight and crisp. Walnut case is excellent overall with small shrinkage
crack following grain on right front corner of lid; brass hinges appear to be period and
correct although there is a pair of filled hinge mortices, likely a corrected factory mistake.
Interior is clean and excellent overall. Correct bullet mold in in good condition with
scattered dents and scratches. The powder flask is excellent with no dents and showing a
very pleasing patina. Overall, this is an outstanding Model 49 documented by a scarce