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Fire at Colt's Armory, Pair of CDVs Capturing the Inferno of 1864

Lot of 2 CDVs featuring the aftermath of the 1864 fire at Colt's Armory, one showing several men standing amidst the destroyed structure in the background. NA & RA Moor: Hartford, CT, ca 1864; the other, a lithograph, depicting the smoking ruins atop a hill, with several onlookers watching from below. RS De Lamater: Hartford, CT, ca 1864. Penciled inscriptions on verso.

Completed in 1855, the massive three story brownstone structures of Samuel Colt's factory in Hartford, CT dominated a vast expanse of the CT river floodplain. On February 5, 1864, during the height of the Civil War, the armory mysteriously burst into flames and burned to the ground. While rumors laid the blame at the feet of Confederate sympathizers, no exact cause was ever discovered. By this point, Colt's widow Elizabeth (he had died in 1862) was faced with the choice of closing the factory and collecting some $200 million insurance claims, or rebuilding. The choice was made to rebuild, with the result being made of brick, and larger by far than the original. 

Condition:

CDV with surface soil, spots of discoloration, and wear to edges and corners. NA & RA Moore CDV with less discoloration/soiling. 

Estimate: $300 - $500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$313
06/26/2020

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