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    [Colt Revolver]. Charles Hummel and Armand Soubie Documents (3). At least two of the documents are from New Orleans gun trader and gunsmith Armand Soubie, who worked from Chartres Street between the late 1830s and 1861, to San Antonio gun dealer Charles Hummel.

    (1) Colt Letter Sheet with Letter on Verso. One page, 8" x 8.5", circa 1854. A printed letter sheet featuring a diagram of the parts of a Colt revolver warning readers to "Beware of Counterfeits and Patent Infringements." The letter (written in heavy ink on the verso of the ad) is in French. The ink has bled through and, in several places, burned through. The lower part of the page has been cleanly removed.

    (2) Armand Soubie Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 8" x 10", New Orleans, August 4, 1855, in French to Charles Hummel regarding "Colonel Colt's" pistols. Translated in part: "In regards to 'Steel mounting army' pistols, Colonel Colt replies 'I have never yet made any steel mounting for the army . . . .' These are his own words. I suppose that existing pistols of this quality are made in Liege or in an American shop other than his own of which we do not know the existence. As for the 'navy trigger spring' etc., I will send them to you as soon as possible. If you wish other articles such as arm mountings let me know as quickly as possible so that I may place your order." This letter contains repairs to dampstained areas.

    (3) Bill of Lading for Pistols. One partly-printed page, 11" x 5.5", New Orleans, June 28, 1854, issued by Armand Soubie to Charles Hummel for "One Case Pistols" on board the "Steamship Chs. Hargrove . . . in the Port of New-Orleans and bound for Galveston."


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