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The revolver is accompanied by a Walker combination screwdriver/nipple wrench, Walker pattern powder flask with “COLT’S/PATENT” on the top cover and “COLTS PATENT” in banners under cross revolving rifles and revolvers on both sides (appears to have been gilt instead of lacquered), and a brown leather flap holster.
The revolver’s provenance is detailed in notarized letters within the document file which indicates the revolver was purchased by Andrew Cherven in Washtenaw County, Michigan, in 1981 from his friend Dr. Bernard Godfroy (1908- 1983). Dr. Godfroy had been given it by his father, Phillip M. Godfroy (1864-1947), after it had been in the family for some time. Michael Simens indicated that Phillip W. Godfroy (1834-1913), Dr. Godfroy’s grandfather, had served in
the 9th Michigan Cavalry during the Civil War, and the revolver may have been brought back by him from the war, perhaps after capturing it from a Confederate soldier. Michael Simens purchased the revolver from Cherven’s family in 2002, displayed it in the famous 50th anniversary “Parade of Walkers” display organized by the Texas Gun Collectors Association in 2003 (TGCA certificate included) and subsequently sold it to Greg Lampe. In his analysis of the revolver, Michael Simens, writing in 2004, stated, “With the publishing of ‘The William M. Locke Collection’ in 1973, it was found that Walker C-Company No. 181 had a ‘JH’ cartouche on its left grip and ‘WAT’ on its right. Since that time, Walker collectors and historians have been searching for another with the same cartouche. Walker C-Company No. 12 is the first C-Company Walker to be found with similar, near perfect cartouches, and no additional C-Company gun has ever been found with distinctly visible cartouches other than the two stated.”

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