Colt 1849 Pocket .31 caliber revolver with all matching serial numbers. The revolver has a 4” barrel and an attractive gray/brown patina overall. The action is tight and functions on all positions. The words ‘In Butt?” are scratched into the left side wood grip. Inside the grip was a folded typewritten note that is included with the revolver. It reads “this gun was given to me by Mrs. V.A. Dean, an old G.A.R. woman, it was left to her by her husband, Mr. V.A. Dean, who used it during the Civil War. It is said that the gun was given to Mr. Dean by General Grant when they first went into the war. The gun was given to me sometime in the year 1920. Who ever gets it please take good care of it. H.C. Herring.” There are two V. Dean’s that appear in the Civil War Soldier’s Database. Valentine Dean enlisted in late 1864 into the 11th Maine and served in Virginia until the end of the war. Vinal Dean enlisted in the summer of 1862 with the 21st Michigan and was mortally wounded at Chickamauga. A nice Colt revolver with an interesting story.
Inventory Number: HAN 173