Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Samuel Colt Autograph Letter Draft (unsigned), with a Peter Colt Bond Signed. Samuel Colt's unsigned draft is on one ruled page (8" x 10") written from Washington on February 26, 1834, to Dudley Selden of Washington concerning a shipment of goods. In part, the firearms maker writes, "If I avere to ship the goods now in my possession to New York by the next transportation line they would not reach there untill after I do[?]." With folds and minor staining. A large "X" is marked through the text. Docketed on the verso.

    Samuel Colt (1814-1862) received his first firearm patent one year after writing this draft. Dudley Selden (1794-1855), his cousin, later extended a loan to Colt, who used the loan to form a corporation in 1836 to produce his firearms. Selden gave other loans to Colt, though he occasionally chastised the manufacturer for profligacy. Peter Colt (1744-1824), father of Samuel Colt, signs the Connecticut Treasury bond as state treasurer in a large, bold hand (8" x 3.75", June 1, 1782 [the date is printed on the document]). Peter Colt, the great-uncle of Samuel Colt, served as the Connecticut State Treasurer from 1790 until 1794. Age toning with an irregularly cut left edge. From the Donald P. Dow Collection.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2015
    9th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 0
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 743

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2018 October 27 Musical Instruments - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    You reach a customer base that is in many ways completely unknown to the major auction houses, and your marketing to this base is as professional as one could hope for. As I continue to wind down my holdings.
    Michael Z.,
    Hawthorne, NY
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 June 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    2018 June 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $619,240