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Presentation Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver
« on: October 15, 2012, 03:32:40 AM »

 PRESENTATION COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 188366. Cal. .31. Usual configuration
 with 4" oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line address"NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA" address. Left side of the frame has
 tiny "COLTS PATENT" and the large guard silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a 1-piece walnut grip
 with last four digits of serial number in the backstrap channel. Cyl is usual five shots with stagecoach holdup scene.
 Buttstrap is inscribed in period script "Wm. Struthers / to / Adriano D'Orsolini". Adriano D'Orsolini enlisted in Phila. as a
 Pvt on Apr 24, 1861 in "D" Co., 18th Regt, PA Infantry and was mustered out on Aug 7, 1861. No other information is
 available. William Struthers enlisted as a Pvt, from Phila. on Aug 16, 1864 into"C" Col, 186th PA Infantry. and was
 mustered out, one year later on Aug 15, 1865, apparently as a Pvt. A copy of an entry for "Adriand [sic] D'Orsolini" from
 the PA State Archives lists the same information as above and shows his occupation as "carver". Also accompanying is a
 copy of a letter dated Feb. 19, 1861, from the directors of the Commonwealth Fire Insurance Company of Pennsylvania,
 to President Lincoln regarding the appointment of General Simon Cameron to the position of Secretary of the Treasury.
 One of the Directors listed for the Company is William Struthers. Also accompanying is information regarding contracts
 apparently with the City of Phila. to the firm of William Struthers & Sons to install white marble and ironwork for a clock
 tower, and later for a cast iron electric light standards. These contracts are dated 1873, 1889, and 1898. There is also a
 death notice of William Struthers dated Nov 20, 1876. It seems likely that given the fact that Mr. D'Orsolini was a "carver"
  and the fact that the Struthers company were involved in the marble and decoration business, that D'Orsolini was
 probably a valued employee of the company when he enlisted, and Mr. Struthers presented him with this revolver. It also
  seems likely that the William Struthers who enlisted in 1864 was probably William Struthers, Jr., son of the owner of the

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