Identified Colt 1847 Walker B Company 102 (AC31)
Identified Colt 1847 Walker B Company 102. Made in 1847 .44 caliber with 9” barrel. Nice sharp example of a Colt Walker! This gun has a restored Walker style loading lever and an extremely well done repair to the grip, otherwise this gun is all original. Metal is nice and sharp. Cylinder has all of its scene which is an extreme rarity in Colt Walkers. Out of the 200 known Walkers, it is estimated only 10% to 15% still have any of the cylinder scene. This gun is all matching except the cylinder. The gun is serial number “B company 102” and the cylinder is “B company 106”. This is clearly swapped during the period of use as the condition of both the gun and cylinder are identical. This is one of the very few Walkers that is identified to one of its original owners. Under the grip on the right-hand side of the trigger guard is the name “Andres S. Niesca” in old English letters. Andres Saturnino Viesca (1827-1908) was a prominent Mexican General and 4-time Governor of Coahuila which borders Texas and prior to 1845 was “Coahuila y Tejas” (Coahuila and Texas) where Viesca was born which was part of Texas until Texas annexation. When Confederate General Jo Shelby went to Mexico after the Civil War instead of surrendering; he dealt with Governor Viesca directly who was not enamored with Shelby marching through his territory with cannon and a large part of his army. This gun comes with quite a bit of provenance. This gun was featured in the catalog of the Far West Hobby Shop from the collection of David Leeds Ingalls of Albany New York. There is a letter from noted expert Herb Glass who calls this gun “well above average for a Walker”. There is another letter from legendary author R.L Wilson who said of this Walker “It is an important and desirable Walker, befitting for any top private or museum collection. “In addition, this gun listed on W.F.S. Quick’s list of known Walkers compiled and published in 1953. Very well documented and very fine condition Colt B Company Walker!