Inherited Colt old model pocket pistol, #232178, all #s match, including cyclender, hex. barrel, brass butt & trigger guard, 6" barrel (or close to that). Has what looks to be an orig. holster in moderate condition and formed to shape of pistol with top flap covering butt.Not a expert of guns myself, but feel this is in pistol is in good condition and would like to know more about it and also its value.Thank you.
Colt Book by William Hosley and internet sites, but no appraisal as of yet.
Your serial number would make the gun a 1849 Pocket Model. It is a Second Type manufactured in 1863. They are 31 caliber revolvers with a 3", 4", 5", or 6" barrel. The cylinder can be either 5 or 6 shot . Most have loading levers. The grip strap is steel. The metal is blued with a case hardened frame, loading lever and hammer. The trigger guards are usually brass with silver plating. There were 328,000 produced between 1850 and 1873. There are over 200 variations of the 1849 Pocket Model. The values for your gun are:
very good-$3400, good-$2950, fair-$1200, poor-$300.
Recent sales at Rock Island Auctions have been from $1800 to $7000. They are the top auction house in the country. You can compare your gun to the ones that sold at the following link.
I hope this helps you,
Thank you for the info., I'm satisified with your information. A question is "does having what could be the original hoster make any differance?"
I'm sorry, I forgot about the holster. An original formed to the gun can be worth up to $200 depending on the condition. In fair to good condition, I would value it at between $75 and $125. Very good would be $150.
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