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| A RARE
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 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
|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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