Monday, April 15, 2013
An Exhibition Pistol
Last day from the Colt Collection at the Connecticut State Library.
This elaborate Colt pistol from the mid-19th century bears the mother-of-pearl bust of President Abraham Lincoln. The sign says the oak wood for the handle was made from the Charter Oak tree, but so many things around Hartford claim that they were from the Charter Oak tree that it would take a whole forest.
This pistol was probably used by Colt salesmen to show potential customers the kind of embellishments that Colt could make for their weapons.