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A VERY SCARCE MODEL, AND GRIP
4th MODEL, MERWIN, HULBERT & CO., SINGLE ACTION 44/40, 7 INCH w/CRESCENT GRIPS !
Merwin, Hulbert & Co. were always innovators in design and function. Toward the end of the company production they made yet another change, they went to a ribbed barrel. They hope some similarity to S&W would increase sales. VERY few were produced, and not so long after, they doors shut for good. You will find some 4th Models with no M.H &Co. markings, they were assembled by Hopkins & Allen and sold as such. HOWEVER, this 4th Model is fully marked for Merwin, Hulbert & Co. Serial No. 574X, w/Assembly Number 7926 is fully matching. It remains after 128 years in 99.999999% ORIGINAL condition, and UNFIRED.
The bright factory nickel is all present, and 99% of all the case color hardening, such as on the hammer is present. ALL original parts are present, ALL factory markings are present. The hard rubber grips are in perfect condition exhibiting NO wear, and have sharp checkering and color. It is an EXCEPTIONAL example of a 4th Model Merwin. Mechanically, the unique twist and pull cartridge ejection system work 100% correctly. The working action is perfect, cocks, locks, indexes and locks tight, and releases to fire flawlessly. Simply put, it is as close to a 128 year old new revolver as you will ever find. It will be a prestige example in any collection. PRICE $7,450 SALES/HOLD
MERWIN, HULBERT&Co. , .38 2nd MODEL., SINGLE ACTION,
New York Engraved, L.D. Nimschke / Writers Desk Cased
This 2nd Model .38 Single Action , Serial No. 2366X is elaborately engraved in the New York Style. Specifically, the Louis D. Nimschke style and his perfection of elaborate engraving. The revolver has full coverage, almost exhibition grade, and the unmistakable donuts, and scroll work of Ninschke. In a 2006 publication, it states that Merwin, Hulbert & Co. was known to have employed Nimschke, for high level work. Also, the Merwin pattern seen here can be found in R.L. Wilsons Book, on Nimschke engraving, blue prints. The engraving has lasted in a near perfect state, NO wear. Unfortunately the nickel plated finish, has all but vacated, leaving only 3-5% still present. The surface has an UNTOUCHED original soft gray patina. The Merwin is further enhanced by ORIGINAL Ivory grips, also in near perfect condition and color for the 140 plus years.
Mechanically this .38 Merwin operates 100% correctly, on ALL working actions, including the unique twist and pull ejection system. It cocks, indexes, locks, and releases for firing smoothly. It is housed in a Writing Desk ( original key present) which appears to be an antique. The interior is a purple velvet, and has no damage. The bottom of the box has an ancient black oil cloth covering, indicative of the 19th century. The lid has an ornate head of an Indian ! in a brass figure. The casing is French Fitted for the revolver, even the Lanyard Ring is accounted for ! This is a very deluxe engraved example of a popular Model from Merwin, Hulbert & Co.
An excellent addition for the collector of engraved 19th century arms, or a fine addition to a Merwin collection. PRICE $4,250
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.
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