May 06, 2020 10:00 AM EDT Cincinnati


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An Extremely Rare Colt Civilian Walker Revolver

.44 caliber, 9" barrel, S/N 1102. An extremely rare Colt Walker that can only be thought of as a civilian overrun. Civilian Walkers are thought to be from serial number 1,000-1,100 with 100 manufactured. Serial number 1104 with a belt hook, formerly in the Connecticut State Library and sold as part of the Warren Anderson collection at Butterfield and Butterfield is a true transitional Walker with a shorter barrel and Dragoon-type loading lever. Serial number 1102 is a regular Walker with 9" barrel. 1102  was originally discovered by Damon Mills as a frame, barrel and cylinder all bearing the number 1102. Later the original triggerguard bearing 1102 was purchased by Mills from noted Colt expert John R. Gangel.  Mills suggest in his 1989 advertisement that the gun was made from rejected contract parts. Noted Texas collector Tom Seymour had authenticated this gun in 1993. Colt Walker expert John R. Gangel re-authenticated the gun with alterations and replacements at the 2020 Las Vegas Antique Arms Show. 

Condition:

Gun has been cleaned, none of the usual markings other than serial numbers remain. Grips, hammer and plunger are replaced as well as other minor replacements. Bore is poor, but rifling is clearly visible. Action is crisp and functions properly. Cylinder has strong traces of original cylinder scene with a Dragoon firing a Colt revolver at fleeing Indians. There are many Walkers that are better, but many more that are in much worse condition. With replacements as noted, serial number 1102 remains a good example of Colt's most desirable model. Accompanied by original letters attesting to the authenticity of this Walker. 

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$39,600
05/06/2020

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