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    1861 - Rally the Troops

    [Colt Firearms]. Hugh Harbison Autograph Letter Signed and Colt's New Arms Price List. One page, 7.75" x 9.75", on Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company letterhead, Hartford [Connecticut], October 12, 1861. In July 1861, Samuel Colt concluded a deal with the United States government to supply the Federal Army with rifled muskets. In this letter, Hugh Harbison, treasurer of the Colt Manufacturing Company, responds to an inquiry from James C. Savage of the U.S. Commissary Department regarding the purchase of a rifle, in full: "In reply to your favor of the 7th inst. I would say that we shall be pleased to furnish you the Rifle named in your note and at the price therein stated. If you should want a Bayonet attached it will cost 2.50 or 4.00 additional according to the style preferred as you will perceive by the price list herewith enclosed." Docketed on the verso. Smoothed folds. Text is smudged in places, but remains wholly legible.

    Included in this lot is the price list mentioned in the above letter. Printed on four pages of a bifolium, this pricing guide contains two pages worth of items and their corresponding prices dating from January 1, 1861. The two interior pages contain three reprints of government reports regarding Colt's improvements on his Dragoon, or Holster, pistol and a reprint of a Times article regarding Colt's production of silver spring steel. Folds show some soiling and weakening with some separation at the edge. One small hole at the intersection of the horizontal and vertical fold on page one, pin size hole near border at right corner.

    Colt not only supplied the United States with arms, but the Confederacy as well. He did not view southern slavery as an issue of morality and subscribed to the idea that slavery was an ineffective system that would eventually disappear on its own. He was a business man, however, and the war was a great business opportunity. For his arms dealing with the South, he would be labeled in Northern papers as a traitor or a Confederate sympathizer.

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    June, 2015
    12th-13th Friday-Saturday
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