• 4023 Historic Colt Whitneyville Walker Model 1847 Dragoon Percussion Revolver, Serial Number 1010,
.44 caliber, 9” half round octagon barrel marked Address Sam’l Colt, New York City and U.S. 1847 over wedge. Cylinder roll engraved with Dragoon and Indian fight scene, oval cylinder stop slots, straight back trigger guard, iron backstrap and walnut grips.
Condition: Excellent for a Walker model. Overall metal smooth and sharp with smooth even untouched blue-grey patina. Clear markings and cylinder scene. Excellent unblemished grips. Traces of original blue finish on barrel and backstrap. Loading lever and spring catch replaced.
Note: Samuel Hamilton Walker was Captain of the Texas Rangers in the Mexican War. Later Captain of the U.S. Mounted Rifles; killed in action at Humamantla, Mexico (1847), instrumental with Samuel Colt in the designing of the Walker Colt Pistol. Total production 1,100. In 1847, Samuel Colt sent a pair or revolvers -serial numbers 1009 and 1010- to Mexico expressly for the Captain. Sam Colt’s own record, 1847, The Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, Connecticut, 1949 page 97 James B. Colt to Samuel H. Walker, New York, July 28, 1847. Captains S. H. Walker, New York, July 28, 1847. Captain S. H. Walker. U.S.M. Rifles, My Dr. Sir. I send you per ship “Martha Washignton” care of the quarter master of Vera Cruz, a pair of my repeating pistols (foot note 48) which I hope you will receive in due time and that they will prove substantial friend in time of need. Very Respectfully Your. Friend and Obt. Servt. Saml Colt, per JB Colt.
Foot note 48 –This pair of revolvers was received by Capt. Walker about Oct. 5, when he mentioned them in a letter to his brother. Pictured page 29, “Samuel Colt Presents, A Loan Exhibition of Presentation Percussion Colt Firearms”, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford.
Provenance: Walker Family Descendents, Dr. Roy S. Horton, Johnny Basset.
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 91.44 cm x 91.44 cm (36” x 36”)
Date of creation: April, 2016.