This cylinder from an 1847 Colt Walker “Transition” cap and ball revolver was dug in Floyd County, Texas in 2012.
The serial number is 1024. The first 1000 of these revolvers were delivered to the U. S. Army. Serial numbers 1000 – 1020 were presentation models given to top U.S. officials. It is not yet known who received this cylinder or how it ended up in Floyd County. Frequently owners of cap and ball revolvers carried spare cylinders in the event they needed to reload quickly. No other part of this gun was found after a search of the area. The cylinder still has three balls loaded.
This scene (inscribed on the cylinder) was on those first 1000 plus pistols. It is intended to represent the Texas Rangers in a conflict with Indians, but the artist mistakenly dressed the Rangers in the uniform of the U.S. Dragoons.