Samuel Colt: Inventor of the Colt revolver and founder of the Colt Firearms Company (1814–1862). ALS signed ‘Saml. Colt,’ one page, 4.5 x 7, November 27, 1852. Short letter to Allan Asher. From London, Colt writes, in full: ‘Come at 5 o’clock tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon & take a Thanksgiving dinner with a few friends.’ Moderate intersecting folds, one through a single letter of signature, a few creases and wrinkles, and some scattered light soiling and foxing, otherwise fine condition. Colt letters are of the utmost rarity, and this one, with its unusual London association, is particularly desirable.
Asher was a fellow US exhibitor at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851. Colt had had a great success exhibiting his firearms at the Great Exhibition and the orders had come flooding in. Colt’s London factory opened in 1854, and was flooded with orders from the British Government; for they had just declared war, along with France, on Russia, at the start of the Crimean War. After the war ended, orders dried up and Colt closed the factory in 1856.
Cloth-matted with a descriptive plaque. Framed by The Archive Gallery
Framed size: 66cm x 46cm