Colt: the making of an American legend by William Hosley

By William Hosley

A profusely illustrated social historical past explores the origins of America's gun tradition during the lifetime of Samuel Colt and his spouse, Elizabeth, who begun America's gun and reworked pre-Civil warfare Hartford. Simultaneous. UP.

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Are they based in fact? As a witness, by the moral authority of her family's social and religious pedigree, and because of her civic and religious philanthropies, Elizabeth Colt emerged as the foremost apostle of the miracle play that became Colt's legend. Elizabeth sketched the portrait of the seven-year-old inventor sitting under a tree in the field, with a pistol taken entirely to pieces, the different parts carefully arranged around him, to prove how early in life his taste for fire-arms was shown.

City at the twilight of the industrial era, the sense of almost living with and in a structure largely created by the Victorians is all too familiar. It is not always a pretty sight. The Colt project was not lacking in friends or adversaries. Both helped. When the National Endowment for the Humanities withheld its support, declaring it irre- Page 7 sponsible to exhibit guns in minority Hartford, it ratcheted up our determination to redeem, if not the Colts' name, at least the context that gave their work meaning.

Prompted by his father's advice to incorporate, Sam Colt had already decided to abandon Baltimore and start again when the last of John Pearson's guns and diatribes came to hand. S. patents in Page 17 5.  The collection includes many early experimental models, including a large concentration of arms cast, forged, and assembled under the direction of John Pearson in Baltimore. 66 caliber, 6-shot, barrel lug marked J. 968). Page 18 1835 and 1836, Colt, with the support of his extended family, raised enough capital to found the Patent Arms Manufacturing Company in Paterson, New Jersey, which struggled unsuccessfully from 1836 until 1841 to attract enough government contracts and sales to profit from its manufacture.

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