As I suspected, his surname is screwed up. See attached, and look under George K. Prime. I must add that the folks at Colt Archives do their best with surnames and company names, but many times there can be 2 or 3 interpretations. Add to penmanship about 100 years of wear, and reading this stuff can be a real challenge.
George K. Prime was born in 1862 and died in 1951. I thought that maybe this “shipment” was a “Presentation Account” situation honoring X years of service at Colt. And maybe it was. But by city directories, the first year he was working at Colt’s was 1920. In 1936-40 he was still a diemaker at CPFA Mfg. Co.
George K. Prime was an active member of the Hartford Yacht Club. I wonder if Walcott was as well?victorio1sw, I cannot thank you enough!
Well, I was hoping to keep this one a secret and maybe have enough material to write an article for the Rampant Colt. But, I guess the factory letter created more mysteries than I had hoped!
Of course, just like now, anyone can buy a Colt second hand. And perhaps this is what Senator Frederic Walcott did at some point between 1927 and his death in 1949. I know his descendants and I know for a fact that his firearms were kept virtually untouched in his residence, which the family still owns, until being offered for auction earlier this year. I know that President Hoover would come to his residence and fish with him at a pond nearby, and that this pistol was manufactured about the time he was elected to the U S Senate. He was an interesting fellow, the "father" of the duck stamp, and an outdoorsman, and I can gain access to some primary source materials which could make for an interesting article.
Except not shipped directly to him, or not shipped to President Hoover, or not shipped to officials in the Republican Party in Connecticut who might have presented this to him upon his election to the Senate.
Sort of a "dead end" as far as how it went from George K Prime to him, unless any of you out there have any ideas?
I still might be able to write a decent article some day, but the Colt letter doesn't exactly help the matter with regards to this pistol being a gift...unless others might know that George K Prime at Colt Armory was a common destination for Colts as later presented to dignitaries???
In the meantime, here's the link to the completed auction: Colt Camp Perry Single Shot Pistol
And here is a bit about Senator Walcott: Frederic C. Walcott - Wikipedia
Yes, George C. Prime was a son of George K. Prime, and also worked at Colt's. This family came from Vermont. See his 1971 Obit.Interestingly enough, there is a George C. and a George K. "Prime" both listed with an address at 48 Atwood. Father and son?
But when I see a Colt letter that only says "Shipped To" (not sold to), what is that trying to say?? For example I have a fine engraved Colt 1877 DA that was "shipped to" Winchester in New Haven, CT as a plain polished gun, ready for engraving in 1880. Now it is engraved with fine pearl grips. I cannot yet convince Colt Archives to look for this gun being shipped again, but I believe that it was.I will likely create a new thread in a bit with photographs of this phenomenal revolver. I had intended to keep this one a bit of a secret, in hopes I could piece together a nice article for the Rampant Colt, but this seems unlikely now. It was not shipped to Walcott, nor a sporting goods store near where he might have resided or worked, nor to a prominent individual who might have presented this Camp Perry model pistol to him. I received the factory letter on a Smith & Wesson Double Action Frontier that he owned today, and it shipped in 1901 to Sears Roebuck & Co in Chicago. Another disappointment.
These firearms were definitely, without a doubt, owned by Senator Walcott. I guess he and I have a bit in common--we are purveyors of fine pistols or revolvers that we purchased second hand. It is, of course, possible that Walcott purchased the DA Frontier through Sears, Roebuck & Co but this cannot be proven, of course, and is more plebeian than had been hoped for.