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

        "POCKET ARMY"

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 SALES HOLD

Merwin, Hulbert & Co., "1st Model Pocket Army " .44/40 Revolver, first day production !

This is the model that has all the "bells and whistles" for collectors. Short barrel, open top frame, scoop flute cylinder, crescent butt, single action, highly sought after features. Serial No. 3X has about 99% of all the original factory bright nickel finish. However, it has some "pepper spots" scattered on the revolver surface. They are not of any real significance.. ALL factory applied markings are present and extremely clear. Most important, this appears to be an UNFIRED!! specimen. In examining the Pocket Army closely it shows no signs of ever having been fired.

Mechanically it is PERFECT. The unique extraction and opening system function 100% correctly. It cocks, locks, indexes, and fires perfectly. ALL parts are original to the revolver, EVERYTHING is factory original. It would be very difficult to find a better Pocket Army, with a 2 digit serial number ! and in this splendid condition.

PRICE  $3,950  SOLD

 

 

"UNIQUE AMONG MERWIN, HULBERT & COMPANY REVOLVERS"

MERWIN, HULBERT & Co., 4th MODEL SINGLE ACTION... FACTORY CARVED IVORY..

If you are a collector or admirer of Merwin revolvers, or large frame frontier revolvers this specimen has a lot to say ! Serial No. 2540X is the last of it's kind ! The 4th Model was the firms last attempt at design change, and to garner a larger share of the market. The barrel was designed with a "ribbed" barrel, similar to S&W, yet they kept the tried and proven single action firing mode, and the 44/40 Winchester caliber. By the mid 1890's corporate income had fallen off, and Merwin, Hulbert & Co. was insolvent ! Hopkins & Allen was the manufacturer of the Merwin revolver, so to try and get money to settle outstanding debts, they seized all unfinished revolvers, and all revolver  parts. Therefore, the last Merwins ever sold, ONLY had the Hopkins & Allen Barrel address !!! The Caliber marking stayed the same on the frame. THIS MERWIN, is a Bankruptcy revolver. Assembled, marked and sold by Hopkins & Allen. THE LAST MERWIN..... This 4th Model has about 60% of the original nickel finish, the balance a soft blending gray patina. Mechanically, it is PERFECT, in all the unique Merwin operating systems of loading unloading, cocking and firing. ALL assembly numbers are matching, and ALL parts are ORIGINAL. ALL factory applied markings are present and well defined . It has the 5-1/2 inch barrel, and WOW ! scarce and unique Ivory grips for a Merwin ! You never see Merwin's with this type grip. This Merwin DEFINITELY went to the West !! Where we will never know, but it was out there, maybe ?? Texas due to the motif of the grip. It saw some use, but saw more caring respect, accounting for an excellent condition level, and PERFECT undamaged carved Ivory grips. This Merwin tells a story, yes it does talk ! The last of a great line of frontier revolvers, the last of it's kind, craftsmanship par excellence, only surpassed by the Frontier Image and the Eagle & Snake Ivory grips of the Southwest and Tex/Mex. This Merwin deserves to be in a collection, and appreciated for what it is...history.

PRICE $ 6,250  SOLD

MERWIN, HULBERT & Co., 1st /1st .44 MH ARMY REVOLVER, a.k.a. "MEXICAN MODEL"

Serial No. 107X, is an extremely early Merwin .44 Army revolver. It has ALL the sought after early features: Detent Pin, Two Screw Drop Out Floor Plate, Open Top Frame, Scoop Flute Cylinder, and the Deluxe Orange Mottled Grips. IN ADDITION, it has what is known as the "HUMPBACK Hammer", which is a smaller, and curved hammer, reducing the needed thumb reach to cock the revolver. This was listed in some original Merwin catalogues as the  "Mexican Model", implying a smaller set of hands works well with this configuration. The Merwin has about 55% -60% of all the ORIGINAL factory nickel plating, most concentrated on the frame, and the balance scattered on the barrel and cylinder.

The unique twist and pull ejection system functions perfectly, and all the cocking, locking, and indexing to fire modes function perfectly also. ALL assembly Numbers are matching, and ALL parts are original to the revolver. All factory markings are clear, sharp, and present. The 1st / 1st Models are ever increasingly difficult to find, and are very sought after by the collectors of Merwins, and all frontier revolvers enthusiasts. PRICE $3,250 SALES 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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MARCH 31 , 2015

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