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Manufactured in 1882, this single Action Army revolver is documented as being shipped to Caldwell H. Colt, the son of Samuel and Elizabeth Colt. The accompanying Colt factory letter verifies serial number 81350 as 45 caliber, barrel length "Not Listed", nickel finish, rubber grips and that it was shipped to C.H.Colt as 1 of 12 on August 22, 1882. The remarks state "Caldwell Hart Colt was the son of Sam and Elizabeth Colt. He was born on November 24, 1858 and died on January 21, 1894 at the age of 35." Caldwell Colt, a Commodore at the New York Yacht Club died in Punta Gorda, Florida while on his winter yachting cruise from malignant tonsillitis caused from smoking. Caldwell had inherited the bulk of Colonel Colt's fortune and came into possession when he attained majority in November of 1879. Under Connecticut law, his inheritance reverted to his mother Elizabeth, which at the time, made her the richest woman in Connecticut. Caldwell had been warned by physicians to quit smoking due to having suffered for years with throat problems. The revolver is absent of any barrel markings, the three line, three patent dates are marked on the left side of the frame and the upper left front of the trigger guard is marked "5 CAL", (the 4 is not visible. The matching serial number is marked on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard and the back strap. The revolver has the black powder frame, blade front and frame notch rear sights, chrome finish and fitted with checkered hard rubber Rampant Colt/American Eagle relief grips.
BBL: 7 1/2 inch round
Grips: hard rubber
Serial Number: 81350
Condition: Replated with 90% chrome finish remaining, showing a large area of flaking on the barrel and ejector rod housing. The cylinder is beginning to "frost" and there is a small amount of minor pitting, as well as a drag line. The grips are very fine with some moderate high point wear, several minor dings and chips on the bottom edges and crisp checkering. The upper loop of the "8" in the totally original serial number on the frame and trigger guard are faded, the balance of the numbers and the frame marking is clearly legible. The action is excellent. In any condition, a historic Colt Single Action Army revolver documented from the factory as being shipped to the companies founder Samuel Colt's son Caldwell Hart Colt.