Lot #191
Samuel Colt Autograph Letter Signed

Rare handwritten letter by Samuel Colt, asking for an update on "the Pistol Barrels" ordered from England
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Estimate: $2000+

Description

Rare handwritten letter by Samuel Colt, asking for an update on "the Pistol Barrels" ordered from England

ALS signed “Sam'l Colt,” one page, 7.75 x 9.75, no date but annotated 1852. Handwritten letter from Hartford to Firth & Sons, regarding a shipment of pistol barrels. In part: "It is now about two months since I returned home & as of yet I here [sic] nothing from the Pistol Barrels I ordered from you before leaving England. Will you be kind enough to inform if the small number I wanted sent here have been shipping, & if not when may I expect them." In fine condition.

Based in Sheffield, England, Thomas Firth & Sons were the steelmakers who supplied Samuel Colt with most of the iron and steel used at his firearms factory at Hartford, Connecticut, throughout the 1850s and 1860s. They also supplied Colt's London plant, which operated only from 1853 to 1856. Colt's pioneering efforts revolutionized not only firearms manufacture but industrial manufacturing as a whole, utilizing concepts such as the assembly line, interchangeable parts, and division of labor.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Animation
  • Dates: #620 - Ended November 10, 2021





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