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FACTORY ENGRAVED by OTTO
BODENSTEIN, IN THE NY/H&A STYLE.....
MERWIN, HULBERT & Co. FRONTIER ARMY REVOLVER 44/40, with the CRESCENT GRIP...PEARL
This is a very fine example of the engraving style of Otto Bodenstein, who combined some NY style, with the panel scene and punch dot style indigenous to Merwin revolvers. This is the Frontier Army Model, with the seven inch barrel, chambered in 44/40. Serial No. 38X is early in the production, say about 1877, and is fitted with factory Pearl grips. Note: inside the grips is written, Wm. Bartlett. Dove Creek. I would say this places it as a Merwin on the Frontier. Most important to Merwins, it is Mechanically 100% correct on ALL of the working movements, and cocks and locks perfectly. Today it has about 30% of the original factory nickel finish remaining, and the balance is a light gray blending patina. Case colors can still be seen on the hammer and trigger guard. Remarkably ! there is a lot of black jewelers enamel still present in the engravers cuts !
There was only a small amount of production of the Frontier Army Model with Crescent grip frame, the standard was the square butt. This remains as a solid example of the Engraving art of Merwin, Hulbert & Co. and is a very attractive Merwin for any collection.
NOTE: The frame scene, showing a Charging American Buffalo, engravers cuts with enamel, and the beautiful and perfect Pearl grips.
NOTE: The panel scene, Game Bird in field, and the engraving cuts with enamel. Of course the beautiful Pearl grips in perfect condition.
MERWIN, HULBERT & Co., 1st MODEL
" POCKET ARMY" 44/40 in BLUE !!! Factory PEARL
Grips, and more !
This is an extremely EARLY example into production, as it is a 3 digit Serial Number, 18X. Beyond that it was a factory BLUE finished revolver, and fitted with Pearl grips. The significance of this is, ONLY 2% of all calibers, all models were ever finished in blue. Basically due to the perfected nickel plating process H&A offered, nickel was the 98% finish for all Merwins'. Being so early into production blue was used. Currently this Pocket Army has about 7-10% original blue visible. However, the balance of finish is a blue gray patina, which shows it was blue. Also slightly mixed in is the oxidized blue, a.k.a. Plum Patina. Case colors can easily be seen on the hammer and trigger guard, plus nitre blue on the trigger. ALL factory applied markings are clear and present, PLUS ALL Assembly Numbers 127 are matching. ALL parts are original to this Merwin, to include the Pearl Grips.
Very IMPORTANT: This Pocket Army is 100% mechanically correct on ALL working functions ! A very scarce and desirable Merwin, Hulbert & Co. Pocket Army.
PRICE $ 4,650
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
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
|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
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.**
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