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MERWIN, HULBERT & Co., 1st MODEL POCKET ARMY 44/40

This Pocket Army is unique in several ways. First, it is an early production specimen, Serial No. 22X, with ALL matching Assembly Numbers of 170. However the real uniqueness lies in the fact that ONLY 2% of all Merwins ( all calibers inclusive) were finished as blued revolvers. The nickel plating process of Hopkins & Allen was superb, quicker and easier, therefore nickel plating dominated. This Pocket Army has about 85%+ original blue on the frame, and most of the blue on the cylinder is in the flutes. All the case colors can be clearly seen on the hammer and trigger guard. Mechanically this revolver operates flawlessly. It opens with the twist and pull ejection system perfectly, when closed it cocks, locks, and indexes perfectly. Being the 1st Model it has all the early features, such as: scoop flutes, Single Action, and Barrel Wedge. It has the distinctive Grip Profile, known at the factory as the  "Crescent Grip". The checkered hard rubber grips are in perfect condition, and have no damage.

To find a Merwin, Hulbert & Co. revolver, particularly in .44 caliber in BLUE at this level, is an extraordinary  accomplishment. At 2% of the production, and a calculated survival rate, indeed the collector who can purchase one is extremely fortunate. PRICE $6,850

MERWIN, HULBERT & Co., 3rd MODEL, SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER, 44/40...LESS THAN 2% OF ALL MERWINS FINISHED IN THE BLUE !!

Toward the late 1870's Merwin, Hulbert & Co. made a great design departure. They did away with their signature open top frame, and scoop flutes, and changed to a top strap, with standard straight flutes. This was for a multi purpose, copy competitors, strengthen the frame, and lessen cost of doing flutes. They kept the single action mode, and the standard "spur" hammer, and the same spent cartridge ejection system. This became known as the 3rd Model Army. Total production of all Merwin revolvers finished in the blue were only 2%, so it is inded RARE when one is encountered, and evn more RARE at this level of finish !! Serial No. 1705X, with Matching Assembly Numbers of 7080 is indeed a pleasure to view. The frame and barrel have at least 85-90%+ of all the original blue , but like all revolvers, the cylinder absorbs most of the wear from laying down. The cylinder has all the blue on the face, and rear, but limited on cylinder flats, with some blue in the flutes. Even the back strap, usually the first to go, has all its blue ! Basically this is an unfired specimens, that saw handling for @137 years. The Ivory grips are stunning, and original to the Merwin, from the late 1870's. ALL the case hardening colors remain on the hammer and trigger guard , as well as the nitre blue on the trigger. Most important : the mechanical actions of this Army , especially the unique shell extraction system ALL work PERFECTLY! It is a 100% mechanical action Merwin. ALL parts are original to the revolver, and ALL factory markings are clear and present.

A RARE and beautiful Merwin, Hulbert & Co. 3rd Model Army revolver.

PRICE $8,950 SOLD*HOLD

 

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. 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

 

 

MERWIN, HULBERT & Co., 4th MODEL, 44/40 ARMY REVOLVER, SINGLE ACTION ARMY. finished in BLUE !

This 4th Model represents the waning days, and the final offering from the firm of Merwin, Hulbert & Co. There were incredibly few made, and they are marked with only Assembly Numbers, as they were put together by Hopkins & Allen, as Merwin had gone into receivership, and owed H&A. Recently discovered: a Merwin enthusiast, living in Arizona, and currently almost ready to publish a new book on Merwins made an amazing discovery. He has been collecting serial numbers for over 20 years , and made the discovery that 4th Models were in the hundreds, and that a BLUED 4th Model is ONE OF TEN known ! Here is one of them, Serial Number 61X. These 4th Model Single Actions also varied in the fact they appear with Walnut wooden grips, NOT checkered hard rubber. The finish shows honest wear, and the grip strap, frame and barrel have about 55% maybe a touch more, of the original blue. The cylinder has most of the blue in the flutes, but the flats are a mix of blue, plum and gray patina.  This is the same for the frame etc.. a mix of patina, plum, gray and blue, but the blue finish is easily observed. There is a strong amount of case colors on the hammer and trigger guard. Most Important: this is a 100% mechanically correct revolver, including the unique Merwin spent cartridge ejection system. ALL parts are original to the Merwin, and ALL factory markings are clear and present. If you are a student of Merwins, then you know the rarity and uniqueness of this Merwin, if not i is still a large frame Frontier Revolver, and a RARE specimen of one !!

PRICE $6,950

Both grips are inn the same superb condition, smooth, excellent patina, and free from damage.

 

 

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

 

"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 HOLD/SOLD

 

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