Time: 7:00 pm
Reception: 6:00 pm
The Mark Twain House & Museum presents an exciting evening with Jeffrey Richardson, author of COLT: The Revolver of the American West. Mr. Richardson will discuss this new book and the connections to Hartford where the Colt Armory still stands along I-91.
The Colt revolver “won the West” by being the handgun of choice on the American frontier, used by everyone from settlers and Native Americans to law-enforcement officers and outlaws. As a result of their shared history, the Colt revolver and the American West will forever be connected. The Autry National Center has compiled the finest assemblage of Colt revolvers in the world, amassing over 500 in its twenty-five year history, including the Colt Industries corporate collection. In COLT: THE REVOLVER OF THE AMERICAN WEST the Autry’s firearm curator has selected the musuem’s 100 most important examples to document and celebrate the history of Samuel Colt’s revolutionary invention. The revolvers highlighted in COLT: THE REVOLVER OF THE AMERICAN WEST include pieces of historical significance, opulently engraved specimens, and extremely rare models. Featured are an early prototype revolver, Wyatt Earp’s Single Action Army, Theodore Roosevelt’s favorite guns, and the first modern revolvers designed by Tiffany & Co. Each gun is described in a detailed essay, and additional artifacts—historical photographs and art, patent documents, advertisements, and memorabilia—are featured to place the revolvers in their proper historical context. This handsome volume is ideal for the collector or enthusiast of the American West.
This event is in conjunction with the Mark Twain House & Museum’s current exhibit “A Dishonorable War and an Inglorious Peace: Mark Twain’s Views on Conflict”.
This is a free event and will be followed by a book signing.
The Mark Twain House & Museum
351 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105