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AUTHENTIC & ORIGINAL 1885 CABINET CARD PHOTOGRAPH of
TS0-AY, a.k. a. "PEACHES" CHIEF APACHE SCOUT for GENERAL CROOK, DURING THE
This is a near pristine Cabinet Card from 1885 showing "Peaches" with a long arm (probable shotgun) and definitely without challenge a 1st Model, Merwin, Hulbert & Co. .44 Army revolver. It has a nickel plate finish, and the famous Orange Mottled grips. It is carried in an Embroidered Slim Jim Holster.
THE COMPLETE INFORMATION & DETAILS CAN BE FOUND UNDER THE OLD WEST MEMORABILIA CATEGORY ON THIS WEB-SITE
1st MODEL, MERWIN, HULBERT & Co. .44MH ARMY REVOLVER, @ 1875
This is the very first Merwin Army revolver that appeared in about 1875. It is chambered for the MH .44 caliber. It has ALL the early features:
The "Humpback" hammer is a matter for discussion. In an early Merwin, Hulbert &Co, catalogue, two 1st models were shown, one with the standard hammer, the other with this curved hammer. Referring to the curved hammer, as" The Mexican " Model. I believe this had to do with their large customer, Wexell & Degress who maintained offices in Mexico City. Perhaps this is a better explanation than a revolver designed for smaller hands !
Serial No. 231X once was fully nickel plated, unfortunately today only about 10% remains, the balance is a soft and old plum patina finish, UNTOUCHED ! Stoll present are the wonderful and original Ivory grips. Mechanically the Merwin functions 100% , the unique shell extraction system, plus the working action, all the time. ALL assembly numbers match ! and ALL parts are original to the Merwin. ALL original 1st / 1st Merwin Army revolvers are hard to find, and this shows their acceptance on the Frontier, this one was there and used ! However it has a charismatic appearance. it talks to you. PRICE $3,650
HULBERT & Co., 1st MODEL POCKET ARMY 44/40
A stout and robust revolver, with substantial power, was used to describe this revolver in it's day. This specimen, Serial No. 279X has about 90 -95% of all its original factory nickel finish, with only scattered pepper spotting on the surface. The trigger guard and hammer show faded case colors with ghost colors and outlines of the case colors. ALL assembly numbers 2959 are matching, and ALL factory applied marking are clear and easily visible. ALL parts are the original parts to the Pocket Army. MOST important to Merwins: the unique shell extraction and opening system operate 100% correctly !! The checkered hared rubber grips are FREE of ant damage, and have a crisp appearance.
The Merwin, Hulbert & Co. 1st Model Pocket Army is highly sought after for its characteristics: open top frame, scoop cylinder flutes, barrel wedge, short barrel, and single action firing mode. Not to mention very early in the time line of production for the Company @ 1876-1877
TYNDALL, DAKOTA TERRITORY 1886 , J.M.EDSON
THIS IS A VERY HISTORICAL OUTFIT, MERWIN, HULBERT DA .38 2 BARREL SET, 5-1/2 INCH & 2-3/4 INCH BARRELS. ALL MATCHING
This outfit was the property of John Milton Edson, who, at the age of 25, traveled from New York state in 1886, and arrived in Tyndall, Dakota Territory. He became, and founded, the Tyndall Tribune, working as printer and editor. In 1888 he left S.D. Ty. and journeyed further west into Washington Territory. There ( as printed with this Merwin in hand) took a position with the Seattle-Post Intelligencer. A highly educated and sophisticated man, he ended his career as the Curator of the Museum of Natural History in Bellingham Washington State. Living to a ripe old age of 92 in 1954. This Merwin and Rig stayed in the family for a very long time , only recently being sold. **The Merwin DA .38 itself is in near pristine condition. It has about 99.9% of all the original factory nickel plating with the 5-1/2 inch barrel, and just a little less due to the 2-3/4 inch barrel seeing some use. The mechanical actions are absolutely perfect ! the Merwin twist and pull ejection system, and the mechanics of cocking, indexing, and locking to fire operate correctly on both double and single action. The rarer Crescent Grip, has the factory hard rubber grips in superb condition, no damage and strong checkering.
A true history of Dakota Territory, Washington Territory, and a Double Action Merwin, Hulbert & Co. revolver, directly associated with a genuinely important historical figure. PRICE $5,750*SOLD / HOLD
MERWIN, HULBERT & Co. DOUBLE ACTION .38, 2 BARREL SET, CRESCENT GRIP & ORIGINAL HOLSTER & CARTRIDGE BELT.
The Tyndall Tribune and register in December 2015, felt this revolver was important enough, as well as Edson's relationship to Dakota Territory and this paper to feature it on the front page, with photography.
As it appears above in the newspaper. ** All documents go with the sale.**
MERWIN, HULBERT & Co. 1st/ 2nd MODEL, .44/40 ARMY REVOLVER with CRESCENT GRIP,
a.k.a. 'Skull Cracker"
This Model is not quite as easily found as the standard square butt version, and the Crescent Grip is more associated with the Pocket Army. This Army, Serial No. 235X, is a seven inch Army, and in no way is marked Pocket Army. It is completely matching, with matching Assembly Numbers of 1532. It has 75%+ of all the original factory nickel plate finish, the balance is a very light gray patina. The missing finish is generally in the areas of hand use, and or holster. The unique Merwin extraction system works 100% correctly, and ALL the functions of operation: opening, cocking, indexing, and locking to fire all perform at 100%. All factory markings are present, and all parts are original. The Army has its original Pearl grips. The grips fit perfect, and have that old yellowing and fire colors found only in very old pearl. It has all the features collectors and western fans seek: scoop flutes, single action, and pearl grips.
This 1870's Westerner seems very content and proud of his Merwin, Hulbert & Co. Army revolver, with the Crescent grip. Yes, they were on the frontier ! PRICE $4,150
|4th MODEL, SINGLE ACTION,
44/40, MERWIN, HULBERT & Co. ARMY REVOLVER
This Model from Merwin, Hulbert & Co. is the hardest to find, and the smallest production Model. The 4th Model exhibited Merwins last design change, the ribbed barrel, similar to the S&W barrel. By this time of production, financial ruin was just about, and then to be upon the company. In fact, the last 4th Models were assembled by Hopkins & Allen, and sold to recover money due them. This one is still a Merwin marked Model. Serial No. 766 has the seven inch barrel, and is a SINGLE Action mode. Most of all, it has Walnut grips, extremely unusual, as M.H. & Co. always used hard rubber. This 4th Model has about 98%+ of the original factory nickel plating, and only has minimal "pepper" spotting on some locations. ALL Assembly Numbers are matching, and ALL factory markings are present This is a large impressive single action revolver. Mechanically, it operates perfectly on ALL phases of the working actions, and patented unique unloading action. ( Twist/Pull/Eject fired cartridges only )
A fine example of a very scarce Model, a 4th Model Single Action 44/40, from the waning days of Merwin, Hulbert & Co. PRICE $4,250
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