Colt 31 cal brass mold
I read somewhere that the .31 calibre brass bullet molds without the sprue cutter that were supplied with the Model 1849 Pocket were stamped COLT'S PATENT and, on the side, .31 or .31pkt
I have one that I think is original that is stamped COLTS PATENT (no apostrophe) on the top, and I can find no evidence of a .31 or .31pkt on the sides.
Is this an original Colt bullet mold?
Thank you for your reply.
Thanks for the link. Lots of good info and illustrations. Thanks for posting.
The info in the link says the mold should be marked "Colt's Patent" and either ".31" or ".31 pkt" on the side.
From your link, some of the COLTS PATENT markings on the .31 brass molds came with an apostrophe and some didn't. Like mine, the one pictured in your link does not have an apostrophe.
The mold I posted has neither a .31 or a .31 pkt marked anywhere. The brass .31 mold with no sprue cutter shown in your link also has no .31 or .31 pkt stamped on the side shown. Do the sides not shown have either stamp?
My mold is from a cased 49 which I suspect might have been supplied by by N.A.McComas and not Colt. I don't know how to tell if a case was made by Colt. The pistol is 140,XXX, which puts it about 1858.
The cased set came without the key. Any idea where to find one?
Last edited by kernel4477; 12-11-2019 at 07:39 PM.
Bill, from Bill's cases, who is a member here, will probably be able to tell you about the case.
There are "good as gold" Colt 1860 and 1851 molds without the ".36 B" and ".44 H" molds out there without stamps. Colt seldom did things exactly the same way year after year. Anyone who says "Colt always does it this way" is not well informed. Robin Rapley says an unstamped Navy mold with just the Colt's Patent stamp with no comma and no other markings is rare. See illustration #M23 in his book for info on the unstamped .36. Probably the same with 49ers but I have not owned one.
Re keys, I have had some success finding keys in antique shops and on eBay, searching for “barrel key”. Prices vary, but
are generally around $3-5. Sometimes a shop will let you bring your box in and try keys to see if one might fit. Occassionally you can get lucky.
I have a bag of fifty or so old keys, pm me and I can send it to you so you can try them. Just pay shipping cost and keep a key. Bill
Originally Posted by kernel4477
This a man that is most helpful on the forum ,trusting you to select a key and then send the rest back to him, good on you Billscases. It's a pity that there isn't many more people like Billscases for wanting to help, you with a key.