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We normally avoid articles about a single guns, especially those whose main virtue is that they belonged to someone of note. We generally feel that such stories are mostly of interest to the owner of the gun and that they contribute nothing to the general knowledge.
Once in while there is an exception and this is one of those times. This revolver was clearly inspired by the Colt Walker, however, the Japanese craftsman who made it had his own ideas about detailing and finishing. The makers name, Kunitomo is the name of a family with an arms making tradition that extends back centuries.
The gun is embellished with two different family crests, appearing on the cylinder and on the upper barrel flat. Conjecture has it that the gun was made to commemorate the conjoining of two families, possibly by marriage. Only one crest appears on the barrel flat suggesting that it might be that of the family that commissioned the piece.
The mechanism is exactly like that of a Colt revolver of the period except that the internal parts are finished a as perfectly as the rest of the gun.
Exactly what the whole story on this fascinating pistol might be, it stands on its own as a unique bit of arms history.