This gun, number 1022, was one of those guns sold to the public. It was sold in New York to a Danish sea captain named Niels Hanson, who took it home to Denmark, where it was passed down in his family until it was sold to a Danish collector. The gun was buried in its case in a backyard garden during World War II to hide it from the Nazis, and both gun and case survived in surprisingly good condition. Today it is the only surviving civilian Colt Walker with its original case, which makes it one of a kind. It also includes a 3x3-inch card in Samuel Colt's handwriting that reads: “This Pistol is a correct sample of the Pistols furnished to the U.S. government [and] the Texas Rangers, carried by Cap Walker.” On the other side, Colt wrote: “Sold by Blunt & Syms 44 Chatham New York,” making the gun even more valuable. It has passed through a veritable who’s who of gun collectors since it came to the United States in the 1940s, but this April was the first time the gun was ever offered for public auction.