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What many collectors regard as the first Colt revolver, since it was marked at the inventors instructions with the serial number 1. This pistol was used as a sample, to drum up commitments from potential investors for what came to be the Paterson factory. At left, tangent to the modern display case, is Sam Colts letter seal from the Paterson era, embossed with an early form of the rampant-colt trademark.


What many collectors regard as the first Colt revolver, since it was marked at the inventors instructions with the serial number 1. This pistol was used as a sample, to drum up commitments from potential investors for what came to be the Paterson factory. At left, tangent to the modern display case, is Sam Colts letter seal from the Paterson era, embossed with an early form of the rampant-colt trademark.