Colt Walker Model Civilian Series Walker Thumbprint Revolver
The Colt Walker Model Civilian Series Walker Thumbprint Revolver is a limited edition of the Colt Walker Model Revolver, in which it is estimated that only one-hundred were offered commercially.
Brief history & description
The Colt Walker was jointly designed in 1847 by American inventor and firearms manufacturer, Samuel Colt, and Captain Samuel Hamilton Walker and one-thousand were commissioned by the U.S. Ordnance Department. At the same time, Colt produced a series of one-hundred Colt Walker Model Revolvers, which were made available to civilians, often as gift items to important dignitaries and to make a presence on the commercial market.
Guide to collectors
The value of an antique gun is based on its condition, rarity, demand and historical importance. As a result, the Colt Walker Civilian Series Revolver is arguably one of the most sought after and valuable antique firearms ever manufactured by Colt.
Whilst the exact number of the original Civilian Series Revolvers that have survived is not precisely known to the gun collecting community, it is estimated that perhaps less than ten exist today.
The Civilian Series Models are normally identical to the military models but have no martial markings. Serial numbers begin at 1001 through to 1100.
Perhaps the rarest of all Colt Walker Civilian Series Revolvers is the Serial No. 1078, known among firearm collectors as “The Thumbprint Walker”. This unusual revolver, which is one of the best conditioned Colt Walker Model Revolvers, bears the thumbprint of a worker, possibly that of Samuel Colt himself, that is embedded on the left side of the frame. Furthermore, the “Thumbprint Walker” is also only one of three known to be installed with a loading lever latch assembly and is equipped with its original leather holster.
There is an enthusiastic community of Colt Walker collectors and there is a large supply of information and sources available on the internet that can be used as a reference tool when searching for Colt Walker revolvers and related memorabilia. Examples include Colt-walker.com and Vintageweaponry.com.
The “Thumbprint Walker” was sold through Greg Martin Auctions in Dallas on September 18th 2011 for a realised price of $690,0001.
In March 2009, a very early cased Colt Model Civilian Revolver was sold through James D. Julia, Maine, for a realised price of $80,500.