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Revolver - Colt Walker, 1847 Object Reg. No: ST 023684

Summary:
Colt 1847 Whitneyville-Walker percussion revolver, Cal. .44 in., rifled round and semi octagonal barrel 228 mm (9 inch) long with loading lever attached.

Made by Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co, Hartford, Connecticut, 1847.

The customary method of numbering this model was prefix the lettering A, B, C, D or E COMPANY to numbers ranging from 1 to 200. This example is stamped on the triggerguard as 'B COMP No78' and on the left hand side of the frame as 'B COMPANY No 78'. All variations of the Walker models were produced in 1847.
Description:
Six chambered cylinder with oval locking slots, square back brass trigger guard, steel frame, steel back strap, 'Slim Jim' style wooden grips, blade front sight. Barrel wedge enters from R.H.side. Knurling on hammer is of course style, previous repair to loading lever rammer in bronze. This model is typically not stamped with a numerical serial number, but rather a company stamping.

The steel surface of this firearms is pitted overall through corrosion which appears to have then been cleaned off. As a result, stampings are hard to discern, and in some cases illegible.
Acquisition Information:
Exchange from Herb Glass - West Point Museum, 1954
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 13.70 cm (Height), 4.50 cm (Width), 39.50 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Barrel length: 22.80 (9 in.)

More information

Tagged with: revolvers american
Themes this item is part of: Samuel Colt, Gunmaker (1814-1862), Colt Firearms in Colonial Victoria, 1850-1900, Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co., Gunmakers, Hartford, Connecticut, USA, Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co., Gunmakers, Hartford, Connecticut, USA, Arms Collection
Primary Classification: ARMS & ARMOUR
Secondary Classification: Firearms
Tertiary Classification: handguns
Inscriptions: Stamped on barrel: ADDRESS. SAML COLT NEW YORK CITY
Stamped on triggerguard: B COMY No 78
Stamped on L.H. side of frame: B COMANY No 78
Stamped on L.H. side of barrel: B (Illegible.)
Serial No. -
Trigger guard: B COMY No 78 (The customary method of numbering this model was prefix the lettering A, B, C, D or E COMPANY to numbers ranging from 1 to 200. A few variations are found with plain numeral stampings)
Model Name/Number: 1847 Whitneyville-Walker
Manufacturer: Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co, Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America, 1847
Manufacturer: Eli Whitney Armoury (Gunsmiths), New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America, 1847

Comments

David Posted on 28 Nov 2009 4:34 AM
I'm trying to find out how much it is worth.It is a replica.
Phil Boulton Posted on 06 Dec 2009 10:50 PM
Company issue and numbering was 1 to 220 for companies A to D and the additional 120 to company E making the 1000 for the first contract
Discovery Centre Posted on 28 Dec 2009 2:48 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Phil, thanks for your enquiry. We've referred this to one of our History & Technology staff for their advice. We’ll get back to you soon with some more information
Discovery Centre Posted on 12 Jan 2010 10:32 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Phil. Thanks for your correction to the above information. We double checked RL Wilson's, Colt, and American Legend(1985), in which he states "Contract arms were serial-marked in companies A through E, with 220 in each series except for E Company, which totaled 120. Civilian arms were in the range 1001 to about 1100, and were either used as presentations by Colt or sold on the open market." Thanks for pointing out the discrepancy and we'll update our records.
John Galle Posted on 12 Jun 2011 11:55 PM
Nobody can say your Walker Colt is a replica without a close examination.

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