Sorry to say, but just about everything from its construction, to the engraving on it, to the fabrication of the parts, to the patina and color - just about everything is very wrong on this hunka-hunka-metal. There were only 1,100 Walkers made, and only about 100-150 survive, and so given how strong the demand is for the advanced collector to snag one, I think the chances of a never-before-known Walker marching out of the woodwork today is slim to say the least.
The last Walker that did that was a couple of years ago, when the family of an old timer with Alzheimer pulled his safety deposit box and found a Walker inside, along with a couple of WWII pistols. This happened in Montgomery County, PA, and the history of the gun could be traced to 1943 when it was bought by a collector, then into the 1960s when the gun was featured in Mr. Flayderman's catalogues. Then, the gun was lost, until he was found in the safety deposit box. No one knows how or why. Maybe Perry Mason should investigate this one - is anyone missing their Walker?
If you want to compare and contrast an original, high-finish Walker to yours, here are some photos of the one in the MET collection. This one would easily be a $2 million gun if it was ever sold. Unfortunately, all us mortals can do is ogle it and dream on...
Me? Well, I suppose it depends on who offered it to me... I guess first, I would shit my pants. Then, after wiping myself, and if it was a dealer who offered me the gun, then yes, yes I'd buy this gun, and ask for a receipt. But if it was just a collector who walked the gun into the show, then no, I wouldn't buy it. But I wouldn't buy it because I'd be doing the guy a horrible injustice. What I'd tell the guy is, "look pal, you don't know this yet, but what you have here is a $2 million ++ gun. So please, put it back in that wool sock, and tuck it back in your Piggly-Wiggly plastic bag, and go put this gun in a bank safe, after you call your insurance agent and get it insured." Then, I'd tell him to alert a couple of reputable auctioneers and have a couple of top appraisers evaluate the gun. That's what I'd do...
I have an Armi San Marco Walker reproduction in my safe that looks the same, except all of it's original finish is present. That is probably an early San Marco, which has the Sam'l Colt roll marking - before Colt "persuaded" them to stop that.
EastCoastColt, I thought it was real but if I was a buyer I would never buy something like that without consulting an expert. Now that I know it's not real I can see the barrel address has some crooked letters, gripframe shape is wrong and I think the recoil shields are proportionally too small. Probably many other differences as well. For a repro it is very good though.
If you're thinking about entering into 'this' game, best buy (and read) some serious reference books and start saving up - this game's played by 'Big Boy's Rules', and they expect you to know and understand the field - and if you show up unprepared, then you're legitimate prey.
I have this 1860 Army and the loading lever is very odd by the latch. Does anyone know what is going on here? The tip looks to be able to depress into the lever but it doesn't move at all. Thanks!
.: Abe Lincoln may have freed all men :.
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.: Sam Colt made them equal :.
While waiting for my letter (Springfield Research Service Book Lookup? 1860 Army Revolver SN: 133812) - I figured it would be neat to have a summary created by everyone who actually has the Date of Shipment. So...
I am trying to learn about the 1851 in these photos. Does the gun/engraving look corrrect? The current owner suggests the engraving was done by Gustave Young. However, the gun dates to early 1851, and from what I have read Young did not do work for Colt until at least 1852.