Inventing America, Colt’s Experimental Pocket Pistol

Elisha King Root for Samuel Colt, Experimental Pocket Pistol, Serial number 5, caliber .265 inches, barrel length 3 inches, overall length 7 inches, brass, steel, and iron, 1849-50 (Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Bequest of Elizabeth Hart Jarvis Colt)

Additional resources:
This object at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Colt biography from Connecticut History
Museum of Connecticut History Research Guide for Colt Manufacturing

Cite this page as: Brandy Culp, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and Dr. Steven Zucker, "Inventing America, Colt’s Experimental Pocket Pistol," in Smarthistory, December 23, 2018, accessed September 26, 2023,