IDENTIFIED COLT POCKET REVOLVER WITH 6-SHOT CYLINDER
Identified Colt model 1849 pocket revolver. Serial #202396 matching, including wedge, 1862 manufacture. This Colt pocket is equipped with a scarce 6-shot cylinder and fitted with a 6" barrel. In P. L. Shumaker's COLT'S VARIATIONS OF THE OLD MODEL POCKET REVOLVER PISTOL, 1848 TO 1872, it is estimated that only about 620 revolvers of this description were produced. The metal overall is an untouched beautiful aged dove-tail grey. Both sides of frame retain faded original case colors. Brass backstrap and triggerguard have a nice untouched age patina with approximately .80% original silver remaining. Cylinder scene rates about .90%. Bore and mechanics are very good. Early 2-line Hartford barrel address, Colt's patent marking of left side of frame. Grips have a beautiful honey-brown color with all of the original varnish still remaining, just starting to wear on bottom edges. Bottom of gripstrap beautifully engraved in period script "LIEUT W. S. PILLSBURY". Lieutenant William Stoughton Pillsbury of New Hampshire enlisted 09-14-1861 and on 09-18-1861 was commissioned into 4th NH Infantry, Co. "I", he resigned 10-20-1861. On 07-03-1862 he was commissioned into 9th NH Infantry, Co. "A", he resigned 10-09-1862. On 09-07-1864 he was commissioned into 1st NH Heavy Artillery, Co. "D" and was mustered out 06-15-1865. Lieutenant Pillsbury was present for the battle of South Mountain and Antietam. In addition to a wealth of paperwork, there is a xeroxed photo of the Lieutenant in uniform. Also accompanying is his personal stencil "LIEUT. W. S. PILLSBURY / CO. A. 9TH, N.H. REGT.". The stencil measures 1.5" X 5 1/4" and is in excellent condition. These large stencils are very sought after and bring around $700.00 themselves. A volume of RACE OF THE SOIL THE 9TH NEW HAMPSHIRE REGIMENT IN THE CIVIL WAR by William Marvel is included on the 9th NH regiment in which Lieut. Pillsbury is once again pictured after the war. Lieut. Pillsbury believed in identifying his personal items as a xerox in the file shows Dave Taylor of Civil War Antiques selling the Lieutenant's saddle bags back in 2012. If you like honest identified Civil War weapons as I do, here is your opportunity to own a great piece of Civil War history. Identified Civil War weapons are getting difficult to obtain. This Colt has been in a collection since the 1970's.