By William Hosley
A profusely illustrated social heritage explores the origins of America's gun tradition throughout the lifetime of Samuel Colt and his spouse, Elizabeth, who begun America's gun and reworked pre-Civil conflict Hartford. Simultaneous. UP.
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It was no joy. Pearson complained bitterly as Colt's pattern of evasion and broken promises emerged. On the road and out of reach, Colt nonetheless attempted to micromanage the smallest work details, relying on Joseph E. Walker, a fly-by-night showman-musician, as a surrogate project manager untilin the midst of workColt vanished to escape creditors. 21 John Pearson never laughed. I had told him there was no doubt but you would send money to pay him, explained Walker, the erstwhile showman. . 22 After a year, Pearson had grown weary, noting brusquely, need money, wood, rent is due, shop is cold.
She is an unreplaceable presence at the core of what our department does, for which I am most grateful. In the pages that follow we will journey through the Colts' world and encounter, as they did, the conditions that gave rise to the industrial civilization of the nineteenth century. What the reader will not find is a strict chronology of the Colts' lives. This book frames the Colts' stories in relation to the themes and issues in which they were significant players. It is also structured in an effort to extract meaning from the collection of art, firearms, and artifacts bequeathed to the Wadsworth Atheneum by Elizabeth Hart Colt in 1905.
In 1829 Sam Colt moved to Ware, Massachusetts, to work in a textile mill where his father was sales agent. The next year he shipped off to sea. 18 After commissioning his first prototype revolver in 1831, Colt spent the next two years struggling to pay gunsmiths in Hartford and Albany to work up model long arms based on his revolver concept. Faced with repeated failure, he finally pulled up stakes and moved to Baltimore in 1834. Why Colt chose Baltimore as a base of operations is unclear. He may have been attracted by its large population of skilled mechanics, or perhaps he thought the city's 4.
Colt: the making of an American legend by William Hosley