[COLT, SAMUEL] Lithophane Portrait of Samuel Colt holding a revolver
. Circa 1855. Rare KPM die-pressed oval porcelain plaque with portrait of Samuel Colt seated holding a revolver in his right hand and a compass in his left. 7 x 5 3/4 inches (18 x 15 cm); stamped on the verso with the KPM mark over KPM/460/Z. Lightly soiled.
In 1855, Colt is known to have commissioned about 111 examples of this lithophane bearing his portrait to be used in the windows of his mansion, Armsmear, and likely planned others for presentation as gifts. The image, the only known of Colt holding a revolver (here an 1851 Navy model), was made a from a photograph taken of Colt in Germany in 1855. This example formerly owned by Charles Leonard Frost Robinson (1874-1916), president of Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company in Hartford from 1911 to 1916. Only a small number of this rare lithophane appear extant today. See Herbert G. Houze, Samuel Colt's Porcelain Transparencies in The Magazine Antiques, April, 2006.
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