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Presentation Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver

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Extremely rare cased presentation Colt Model 1849 pocket revolver, "From the Inventor" to Granite State steamer Captain Joseph King, serial number 90328 (all numbers match), .31 caliber, 5" octagonal barrel, back strap engraved "Capt. Jos. H. King Seamer Granite State from the Inventor," cylinder engraved with detailed image of stage coach hold-up scene with remainder embellished with all-over floral engraving, contained in fitted hardwood case with red velvet linin, accessories include 2-cavity bullet mold and "E Pluribus Unum" eagle flask (both marked "Colts Patent"), as well as cap box, original key and screwdriver wrench for revolver; according to Colt records this revolver was manufactured in 1854. Samuel Colt made special presentations of cased and inscribed revolvers as "Thank You" gifts during this period. Often they were given to important government officials. Many have been documented and most are in private collections. There are only two known "Thank You" gifts from Samuel Colt to steamboat captains who worked on the Connecticut River. The other was sold in 2013 and was similarly inscribed, "Capt. Mills Steamer City of Hartford from the Inventor." This revolver was also manufactured in 1854, with a serial number of 89683. According to "History of Middlesex County, Connecticut" by J. B. Beers, the Steamer City of Hartford began working on the Connecticut River in 1852. A year later the steamer Granite State began working on the river. "For the next few years, steam boating on the Connecticut River was in its glory as the Granite State and City of Hartford afforded facilities for travel on this route that have never been surpassed. According to Grant in "Connecticut Disasters: True Stories of Tragedy and Survival," during "the rain-caused flood of May 1, 1854 [...] water rose over 30 feet in front of Colt's Armory [...] laborers who lived in shanties in the South Meadows had to be removed by boat [...] the steamer City of Hartford used lifeboats to rescue stranded families." Presumably, the Granite State, under the command of Captain King, also assisted in this rescue effort and both captains were presented with these revolvers as "Thank You" gifts by Samuel Colt.

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