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SCARCE,BLUE, SINGLE ACTION 44/40 , 2nd
MODEL MERWIN, HULBERT & Co. ARMY REVOLVER....
By the late 1870's, M,H. & Co. made a design change in their .44 Army revolver. They went from the highly recognized Open Top scoop flute cylinder, to the Top Strap frame, and the industry standard straight cut flutes. They believed it made for a stronger frame, and closure. The unique M,H. & Co. shell extraction system stayed the same. Serial No. 1796X is unique among Merwins, because ONLY 2% of ALL production was finished in the BLUE. It seems the M,H & Co. system for applying Nickel Plating had been perfected, and was less man hours ,more protective and more durable. Therefore, only 2% were blued, of all models , and calibers etc.. This SA Merwin, has super crisp lines, and original markings, PLUS it is a PERFECT crisp mechanical action in ALL phases, of ALL working action. ALL parts are matching, original to the revolver, and have assembly number of 8284. It has a FABULOUS pair of checkered hard rubber grips, showing no hand wear. This is interesting in the fact, this revolver was basically never fired. Looking at the face of the cylinder and the recoil shield face attests to this.
It simply saw about 135 years of a storage where the delicate blue finish faded and left the Merwin. This is correct, as about 30% of the blue remains. the rest is a patina indicative to a once blue finish, a soft Plum patina. The blue is mostly on the frame surrounding the cylinder, in the flutes and other areas. There is still substantial case hardening color on the hammer. This would a very good addition to any collection for a Blued, .44WCF Merwin, Hulbert & Co. Army revolver. PRICE $4,350
Note: The fire blue color present on the screw heads, and the case color hardening on hammer. The blue also on the top strap, frame, and cylinder.
1st / 1st , .44MH, MERWIN, HULBERT & Co. ARMY REVOLVER.....ORANGE MOTTLED
This 1st/ 1st Merwin has ALL the earliest features that all Merwin, and Frontier revolver collectors seek !
This is an ever increasingly difficult revolver to find in this type of highly elevated condition, with perfect mechanical actions, and all the others listed above. It is about a 97% original factory nickel finish, with the only loss some minor flaking at the middle of the barrel by the company address and patents. This now appears as a soft gray area, as does on a flat on the cylinder between flutes where it must have laid for many years. The grips are bright, and have perfect checkering, and remain perfect. The mechanical actions of operation are also 100% correct, as they left the factory.
This is a splendid Merwin, Hulbert & Co. Army .44MH revolver, great for the Merwin collector OR the collector of fine American large frame Frontier Revolvers and the West !
PRICE $6,100 SOLD / HOLD
This is a THREE digit Serial Number, 94X, with ALL matching assembly #'s of 954. Therefore, it was probably manufactured in the first 10 days of production in 1875.
Beautiful near 100% case color shown on hammer, both sides ! and the factory nickel on frame !
HISTORICAL & IMPORTANT DELUXE
PRESENTATION SET...A QUADRUPLE CASING PRESENTATION, FROM THE MOTT FAMILY,
THE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR AND APPLE SAUCE DYNASTY FAMILY
MERWIN, HULBERT & CO. DOUBLE ACTION REVOLVERS IN .44/40 CALIBER AND .32 CALIBER, with EXTRA BARRELS.... SILVER PLATED and DELUXE NEW YORK CASING , FRENCH FITTED......the very best !!!
This quadruple casing contains four pieces, two revolvers, with matching and interchangeable barrels. The one revolver is a Double Action 44/40 with 7 inch barrel, and extra 3-1/4 inch barrel. It has the folding hammer, and is finished in silver plating. The second revolver is very rare, it is a .32 caliber built on the .38 frame, thus a 7 shot .32, and silver plated. It has a five inch barrel, folding hammer, and extra matching 3-1/4 inch barrel. ALL, and I mean ALL are Factory Original, TOTALLY matching, and in 100% MINT ! MINT ! condition, as they left the factory more than 130 years ago. This is also the original French Inset casing, deluxe interior with cording etc.. Historical, one of a kind, ultimately rare, from an American dynasty. PRICE $19,500 Sales Hold / SOLD
THE SILVER PLATED BRASS PRESENTATION PLAQUE SHOWS SILVER FLAKING, MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO READ. HOWEVER IT SAYS:
"Augustus W. Mott, from Archibald Mott Souvenir of many pleasant days with Feathers, Fish, and Sail"
This appears on 5 lines on the plaque....
MODEL, MERWIN, HULBERT & Co. 44/40
Perhaps this Model gets more attention than any other. It is a formidable pistol, heavy frame, large caliber,a short barrel, and an overall great appearance. Serial No. 270X has all the earliest features: Scoop Flutes, Single Action, Barrel Wedge, and "Crescent Grip". ALL assembly numbers are matching, and all factory applied markings are clear and present. The frame markings jump out at you, the Pocket Army, on one side, and Winchester Calibre 1873 on the other. The mechanical actions are perfect: the twist and pull ejection system, and the indexing, cocking and locking mechanics are perfect. It has about 97%++ of all the original factory nickel plate finish, with only miniscule pepper spots on the left side of barrel. In no way diminishing the appearance of the Pocket Army. All the case hardening colors are still found on the hammer. The checkered Hard Rubber grips are in superb condition, and very crisp, free from any damage. This is a very , very fine example of a Pocket Army, suitable for any collection.
PRICE $5,500 SOLD/ HOLD
|"PUSHING THE RAILS WEST"
DENVER & RIO GRANDE RAILWAY
1st MODEL, 2nd VARIATION, MERWIN, HULBERT & Co. FRONTIER REVOLVER, in RARE .44 RUSSIAN CALIBER, and marked on Frame.
This Merwin, Hulbert revolver has seen the Westward expansion of the Railway in the late 1870's, and served on our expanding Frontier. It's mere presence shows the life of a frontier revolver. The barrel has been professionally cut to 3&3/4 inches, and re-sighted perfectly! Serial No. 909X "suited" the user just fine, and is in it's ORIGINAL Two Loop Holster, which has been with it, since the day the barrel was adjusted. The barrel is marked for the Denver, Rio Grande Railway.
Currently, there is about 10-15% of the original Nickel Plate finish, mostly on the cylinder, and trigger guard. the balance of the revolver is a soft gray patina. It's interesting to note: there is still a detent pin, which shows it is actually a transitional revolver between first/first, and first/2nd. The Merwin still has the very worn Mother of Pearl grips. Amazingly, ALL mechanical operations function PERFECTLY: opening to eject, closing, cocking, indexing and firing. The Denver & Rio Grande Railway, also ran an Express service, so this revolver could have served as a guard revolver for the Express Messenger. If you are looking for high condition, this isn't it, BUT if you are looking for an action packed Frontier Merwin , and in the words of Elmer Keith " hell I was there", then this is an excellent choice. PRICE $ 2,595
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MAY 31 , 2015
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