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    Samuel Colt Autograph Letter Signed to Edward Wesson Regarding the Development of a Dragoon Form Revolving Carbine. The letter is four integral pages written on pages one and two and addressed on page four, 8" x 9.75", New Haven, Connecticut, April 12, 1847, and postmarked the same day. Samuel Colt writes asking that Wesson bore and rifle two long barrels that Colt expressed to him that day. Colt explains that "I want them for moddles [sic], & not having as yet any convenience for boring & rifling anything but pistol barrels" he is giving the tooling commission to Wesson. Colt gives specific instructions asking that Wesson make the barrel of one gun to accommodate "a round ball 50 to the pound loading at the britch [sic] & must not be any larger in the bore than the sample pistol barrel I send you." Shortly after this letter was written Colt moved his operations from New Haven to New York and began the production of the Colt Dragoon Revolver.

    It is obvious from the letter that Colt was considering the production of a revolving carbine. A Colt production model would not come until the introduction of the 1855 Colt Revolving Rifle. There is however an experimental piece on loan to the Cody Firearms Center, Buffalo Bill Historical Center that incorporates a 21.06" long barrel on a brass dragoon frame that carries all of the features typical of Colt factory work in its first year of existence. In this very important letter Colt also asks Wesson's advice in hiring employees. Very fine condition.


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    December, 2009
    12th Saturday
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