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Elizabeth Jarvis Colt Born – Today in History: October 5

October 5, 2020 • Hartford, Samuel Colt, Women

On October 5, 1826, Elizabeth Jarvis was born in Hartford….

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Colt Revolver display case

The Revolving Gun – Today in History: February 25

On February 25, 1836, Samuel Colt received a patent for…

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Armory Fire

Colt Armory Burns – Today in History: February 4

On February 4, 1864, most of Colt’s East Armory burned…

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Hotchkiss & Sons Artillery Projectiles

Connecticut Arms the Union

Colt, Sharps, and other gun-makers weren’t the only Nutmeg-based firms that supplied armaments during the Civil War. Makers of kitchen utensils, sewing machines, textiles, and other goods re-geared production lines to meet demand.

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Samuel Colt…and Sewing Machines?

The National Museum of American History explains how a revolver, sewing machine, bicycle, and early-model electric automobile are connected.

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View of the Colt Factory from Dutch Point

The Colt Patent Fire-Arms Manufacturing Company

Samuel Colt, the man who revolutionized firearms manufacturing in the…

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Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company

Samuel Colt and Elizabeth Jarvis Marry – Today in History: June 5

On June 5, 1856, Samuel Colt married Elizabeth Hart Jarvis,…

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Sam Colt

Sam Colt’s Funeral: The Day Hartford Stopped

The funeral of America’s first great munitions maker was spectacular—certainly the most spectacular ever seen in the state’s capital city.

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Navy-Yard, Washington

Colt’s Submarine Battery – Today in History: April 13

On April 13, 1844, Samuel Colt blew up a schooner…

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Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company

Samuel Colt: From Yankee Peddler to American Tycoon

Hartford native Samuel Colt built a financial empire on his design and automated production of the revolver.

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Trade card for Hill’s Archimedean Lawn Mower Co

Selling Connecticut Products Abroad

In the mid-1800s manufacturers from cities and towns across the state found new overseas markets for everything from clocks and firearms to lawn mowers and machetes.

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Detail of Sam Colt Memorial

The Colt Memorial, Cedar Hill Cemetery

Commissioned by Samuel Colt’s wife, Elizabeth Jarvis Colt, and designed…

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Colt workers in front of the Armory, 1876

Workers at the Colt Armory, Hartford 1867

Colt Firearms has been one of the most prominent industries…

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