JWK - Special Forces Commando Unit in Lubliniec
(phot. I. Dorożański)
Historical Trivia: Samuel Colt’s First Patent
Samuel Colt applied for his first revolving pistol patents in the United States, Britain and France during the mid 1830s. Colt worked on his design for several years, producing wooden models and technical drawings before a working prototype was finally built for him by Baltimore gunsmith John Pearson.
Colt delayed applying for a US patent on the advice of Henry Leavitt Ellsworth, a family friend and the first commissioner of the US patent Office, as this would have prevented him filing patents in Britain. Colt travelled to Europe 1835, where the first patent for his revolving cylinder pistol was granted, not in the US but in Britain on 22nd October, 1835. It would be another four months before Colt’s design (pictured above) was granted a US patent on the 25th February, 1836.
In December 1836, Colt’s US patent was one of the thousands of original designs dating since 1790, that were lost in a devastating fire at the US Patent Office’s temporary storage at Blodgett’s Hotel in Washington, DC. The fire saw some 10,000 patents and models lost however, luckily Colt’s patent was one of just 2,800 that were recovered.
The Handgun Story, J. Walter (2008)
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