This is one the better Colt Walker Revolvers offered for sale in the last 20 to 30 years. Manufactured for Colt in the factory of Eli Whitney, the Colt Walker Revolver (sometimes referred to as the Whitneyville-Walker Revolver) has long been recognized as the most desirable and collectible handgun in the world and certainly the prize of any Colt collection. Many collectors have spent a lifetime saving and searching for the original Walker to place in their collections. Due to their extreme rarity and desirability, only those few that are wealthy enough (or lucky enough) can ever hope to own one, much to the dismay of the rest of the collecting fraternity. Such is the case in any form of high art or collector venue. A detailed study of Colt Walker Revolver, A-Company 49 was undertaken through complete dis-assembly of the revolver and careful examination of each component. The original walnut grips are in excellent condition for a Walker, with the number 49 marked in the proper method and location on the spacer, not as typically found on other Colts. Generous traces of the original cartouches are visible, but not totally distinguishable, on each grip panel. The barrel, back-strap, and frame retain the bold "A-COMPANY 49" marking, and the trigger-guard and cylinder the proper small abbreviated version. Both strap and guard retain the smaller "P" sub-inspection mark of Nahum W. Patch in the proper location. Additional markings include "U.S." over "1847", on the right side of the barrel lug above the wedge, small stamp "49" is located in the proper areas as well as the small "c" and "269" where appropriate. Don't bother asking where these markings are. Colt Walker owners like to keep a little mystery in sharing such information to prevent the fakers from getting too good at their craft. If you would like to send me the asking price, I'll gladly fill you in after your funds clear my bank. The wedge is original but lacks any marking. The "269" designates that this was the 269th Walker of the 1st government order, 220 of the "C" Company guns having been made first, and then 220 of A, B, D, & 120 of E, in that order. Reports on the cylinder scene of this Colt Walker have been described previously as merely "traces", however as can be seen in the photos, a careful and professional cleaning of its heavy, dried brown grease and grime in the late 1990's revealed most major characters in the scene, as well as most of the "Model U.S.M.R." and "Colts Patent" motifs. The extreme pressure-roll mark is clearly visible in the photos. This qualifies as a very good original cylinder scene, especially for a Walker. The interior parts, including the hand, bolt, and both springs are completely original, a great rarity on a Walker revolver. All are in very fine condition, and show little use. The rifling, edges, markings, screws and action are very good to fine. The Walker retains a beautiful, untouched medium brown patina on the barrel, frame, and loading lever assembly, and the brass parts a mellow brass patina. The cylinder is light gray-brown patina. The loading lever screw and the hammer screw, which were previously reported as non-original, have been upgraded with screws from an early Colt Dragoon, and are not distinguishable from originals. The lever-catch spring is the only replaced or repaired part on the revolver. The overall appearance of the Walker is striking, showing age, but not much use. This Walker was at the Texas Gun Collectors Association’s "Parade of Walkers" in May of 2003, and in my opinion, was in the top 10 in terms of its fine condition and is certainly in the top 25 - 30 known (prox. 225) examples world-wide. It is one of the most complete examples known. This Walker was uncovered by well-known gun dealer Charles Layson of Lexington, Ky. in the 1970's. Charles personally told me in the late 90's that it was sold to him by another small town gun dealer from Western Kentucky, who purchased it from a man who walked it into his store. Mr. Layson sold it to Mr. Kerry Kenady, a collector from Crestwood, Ky. Mr. Kenady sold it to Marty Lane, dealer from N.Y.C. in the early 1990's at a Nashville, Tennessee gun show, who sold it to Mr. Bill Serri. It was then purchased in 2002 from Mr. Serri’s estate by me, via auction. My expertise in Walker Revolvers is derived from owning 12 Walkers and enjoying a hands-on examination of an additional 49 of these rare arms, as well as uncounted spurious examples in the last 20 years, most with complete disassembly. During these many years I was educated in these guns by Bobby Smith, Herb Glass Jr., Bobby Vance, Paul Sorrell and Damon Mills. I have also studied their history. I was selected along with Bobby Smith, Bobby Vance and Paul Sorrell by the Texas Gun Collectors Association to be a member of its committee for authenticating the "Parade of Walkers" in May of 2003. I regard Walker Revolver A-COMPANY No. 49 as one of the finer surviving examples of this rare collectable arm, and it is unquestionably guaranteed to be an original and genuine Colt Walker with the exception of the aforementioned screws and lever latch. THIS GUN IS ROCK-SOLID, not one of the shaking, rattling Walkers that one normally finds for sale. This is a rare opportunity to own one of the most desirable collectible Arms extant. If you have what you believe to be an original Colt Walker and need help with authenticating, appraising or selling your gun, contact us.