Pocket Model 1849 Colt

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  1. ntfd60

    ntfd60 New Member

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    I have a Pocket Model 1849 Colt 31 cal. Serial #203031 in good condition. It is either silver or nickel plated. Where can I check on the date of manufacture? How do I find out what is worth?
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    BETH Well-Known Member

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    Not able to post them yet. I need my wife to bring home the camera...in her van.
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    Alpo Well-Known Member

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    Colt Pocket 1849, SN 203031 was made in 1862.
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    ntfd60 New Member

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    What price range do these pistols sell for? Just the gun no extras came with it. I would call it good condition. I haven't fired it yet. Should I clean up the chambers and try to fire it? What kind of caps do I use, how much powder?
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    They were silver plated, but so thin a coat that you rarely see one that has more than 10% left on it.
    Civil War production pistols most often had the serial number omitted from the loading arm, is yours numbered to the gun?
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    Prices are all over the board on these on the big auction, as they almost always are. The prices run from starting price of $675 up to $7,500.00, this for a cased one in xlnt condition. None of the ten offered have bids. A wild guess on my part without pictures and detailed information would be $600 to $1000.00.
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    Now I'm curious.

    You said it's either silver or nickel plated. Trap55 says they were silver plated.

    Colt made the grip-frames out of brass, and silver-plated them. But the receiver, barrel and cylinder, on all of them I've seen, are blue/CCH.

    So, is Trap55 saying that entire guns were silver-plated?

    And are you saying that your entire gun is plated?
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    Alpo, sorry, I should have been more clear. It was only the grip frames. Usually when you see one now, the silver is just black marks in the areas more protected from wear.
    This one was appraised between $1500 and $1800, and that was before he found the only known factory variation of a round recess on the rear of the cyl. 1864 DOM and all matching. BTW......it's for sale, $1200!
    You can see a little bit of what's left of the silver at the top of the trigger guard.
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