L. 14 1/2 in. (36.83 cm); L. of barrel 8 in. (20.32 cm); Cal. .44 in. (11 mm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry D. Berger, 1983
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 372
This finely engraved revolver was presented by Samuel Colt to Major Charles Traintor Baker (1821–1881), an officer in the Fifth Regiment of Connecticut Volunteers, at the outbreak of the Civil War.
Inscription: Stamped on the barrel: -ADDRESS COL. SAMl COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA-; On the left side of the frame, and also on the powder flask: COLTS/PATENT; Below, on the trigger guard: 4 cal. Engraved on the backstrap: Major Charles T. Baker/from Col. Colt.; On revolver parts: serial numbers with dots (denoting special attention in manufacturing and finishing).
1881, Major Baker's family - Mrs. G. Page Ely (his granddaughter) and her husband - 1965 W. W. Edmunds; 1971, Jerry D. Berger.