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Colt Model 1855 Pocket Percussion Revolver, Serial no. 4460, with Case and Accessories

Manufacturer:
Samuel Colt (American, Hartford, Connecticut 1814–1862)
Date:
1855
Geography:
Hartford, Connecticut
Culture:
American, Hartford, Connecticut
Medium:
Steel, wood (oak)
Dimensions:
L. 7 7/8 in. (19.99 cm); L. of barrel 3 1/2 in. (8.89 cm); Cal. .28 in. (7 mm); case 9 3/8 x 5 3/4 x 1 7/8 in. (23.8 x 14.61 x 4.75 cm); L. of spanner-screwdriver 3 1/4 in. (8.26 cm); greatest W. of spanner-screwdriver 1 3/8 in. (3.48 cm); L. of primer 4 5/8 in. (11.73 cm); greatest W. of primer 2 in. (5.08 cm); L. of bullet mould 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm)
Classification:
Firearms-Pistols-Revolvers
Credit Line:
Gift of John E. Parsons, 1957
Accession Number:
57.166.2a–e
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 372
This revolver was presented by Samuel Colt to John P. Moore. The handle was carved from the Charter Oak, owned by I. W. Stuart. This tree was revered as a symbol of Connecticut's struggle for liberty.
Inscription: Stamped on the octagonal barrel: COLT'S PT. ADDRESS COL. COLT 1855 HARTFORD CT.U.S.A.;
Engraved on the backstrap: To John P. Moore from the Inventor / Charter Oak Stock / From I.W.Stuart;
Engraved on the cylinder: COLT'S PATE[NT] / No. 4460
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Loan Exhibition of Percussion Colt Revolvers and Conversions 1836–1873," February 4–May 3, 1942, no. 66.

Parsons, John E. Catalogue of a Loan Exhibition of Percussion Colt Revolvers and Conversions: 1836–1873. New York: The Harbor Press, 1942. p. 21, no. 66, pl. XXV.

Chernoff, Arnold M. "Charter Oak Colts." Antique Arms Annual 1 (1971). pp. 201–205.



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