Outstanding Cased Colt Baby Dragoon Revolver

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Outstanding Cased Colt Baby Dragoon Revolver
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This is a very fine original example of a Colt Model 1848 Pocket (Baby Dragoon) Revolver that was manufactured c. 1849. This Baby Dragoon revolver features a five-shot cylinder with rectangular cylinder stop slots roll-engraved with the Stagecoach Holdup scene. The barrel has no provision for a loading lever and there is no loading cut-out in the barrel lug. The barrel and cylinder are blue, the frame and hammer are casehardened and the trigger guard and back strap are silver plated. The one piece walnut grip has a varnished 'piano' finish. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped "ADDRESS SAML COLT/NEW-YORK CITY" in two lines. "COLTS/PATENT" is stamped in small letters on the left side of the frame. The full serial number, "13297" is stamped on the bottom of the barrel lug, frame, cylinder, trigger guard and back strap. The partial serial number, "297" is stamped on the wedge and cylinder arbor pin. All of the visible serial numbers match. The revolver is contained in a Colt American style factory mahogany case with five compartments lined with red velvet. The case contains: (1) 1848 Pocket Model flask with embossed eagles on both sides of the flask body; the flask lacks the "COLTS/PATENT" marks and Colt revolver in the eagles talons found on some 1849 Pocket Model flasks. (2) Brass double cavity Model 1849 bullet mold for round and conical balls; the top of the mold has "COLTS/PATENT" stamped across the top of the blocks. (3) Early Eley Brothers green label 100 cap tin of percussion caps for "COLT'S PT/Belt and Pocket/PISTOLS" (4) blued screw-driver/nipple wrench with sloping shoulders and square cut to nipple barrel. The Colt Baby Dragoon was the first pocket model revolver manufactured at the Colt Hartford factory. Only about 15,000 of these diminutive copies of the Colt Dragoon revolvers were manufactured between 1847 and 1850. High condition factory cased Baby Dragoon revolvers like this example are scarce and very desirable.
BBL: 4.0 Inch octagon
Gauge: 31 percussion
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grips: walnut
Serial Number: 13297
Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 60% plus of the original blue and casehardened finish and shows little firing wear. The barrel has most of the original high polish blue finish with scattered small patches of finish loss or flaking. The finish on the cylinder has faded to a blue-gray patina. Nearly all of the crisp cylinder scene is intact. The cylinder pins are in fine condition and the percussion nipples have only light flash pitting. At least 85% of the dove-gray casehardened finish is present on the frame and hammer. 90% of the original silver plated finish remains on the trigger guard and back strap. The grip is excellent with no visible handling wear and almost all of the varnished piano finish. The barrel and frame markings are crisp. The action is tight and functions perfectly. The case exterior is in very good condition with only a few very minor cracks and minimal handling and storage wear, The case interior is very good. The lining has the usual oil stains and compression marks from contact with the revolver and accessories. The flask is very good. The body has sharp embossing and no dents. The copper body and brass top have never been polished and have an attractive patina. The bullet mold is in very fine condition with an attractive patina. The markings are crisp and the only wear is some shallow dents on the face of the mold. The cap tin is in good condition, all of the green paper label is intact and the body of the tin retains most of the brown lacquer finish. The screwdriver/nipple wrench is in very good condition with about 50% of the original blue finish. This is an outstanding example of a factory cased Colt Baby Dragoon revolver with all of the original accessories.