Lot 12: Samuel Colt handwritten signed letter
11th October 2017
Inventor of the Colt revolver and founder of the Colt Firearms Company (1814–1862). Rare ALS signed “Samuel Colt & Son,” one page, 7.75 x 9.25, March 22, 1838. Letter to "John S. Clark, Agent of the Hartford & New Haven Rail Road Company," in part: "Below you have bill of Rail Road ties Shipt on board Sloop Eleanor Cap. Wm. Bartme and when delivered you will pleas pay him the 40 pr cent which you was to pay as fast as delivered…[clerical notations summing up the bill]…Sir you will see that this load averages more than 30 cts as we called them by $7.53 which will make due on this load ninety eight Dollars & Seventy four cents we have given Capt. William Bartme an order for the above amount due on this load." Addressed on the reverse of the second integral page in Colt's hand. In fine condition, with light soiling and short tears along the left edge. Colt's invention of the revolver came just three years earlier in 1835, and his Colt's Patent Fire-Arms Manufacturing Company, founded in 1836, revolutionized not only firearms manufacture but industrial manufacturing as a whole, utilizing concepts such as the assembly line, interchangeable parts, and division of labor.
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