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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




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 fatory 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 *SOLD/HOLD


Merwin, Hulbert & Co., .38 Single Action, 1st Model, 2nd Variation , IMPORTANT, history, with WINCHESTER.

This Single Action .38 was the Art Work model revolver for the lid label, for the Winchester .38 Merwin, Hulbert cartridges. It appears on the label in black, on a red background. MORE IMPORTANT, in beautiful 19th century script, W.R.A. Co. appears on the back strap, identifying it as a Winchester Repeating Arms Co, property. Undoubtedly, it was also used to test fire the cartridges in 38 MH produced by W.R. A. Co.. However, it appears incredibly clean, face of the cylinder, recoil shield, etc.. has almost mint, barely fired a few times. Serial No. 484X is THE revolver Winchester used for art, and limited testing.

Box is for display purposes, and is not part of the sale.

This .38 SA Merwin, owned by W.R.A. Co. is in near mint condition, certainly 98% ++. It is mechanically perfect, and ALL Assembly Numbers are matching, and the factory applied markings are ALL present and vividly clear. This early Merwin still has the first type, Hound Dog grips, a nice touch ! and they are in perfect condition. An incredibly rare Merwin, associated with Winchester, seen on their cartridge box, making it an extremely desirable collector piece for Winchester and Merwin aficionados alike ! PRICE $3,650*SOLD/HOLD

All the case colors remain on the hammer, and knurled trigger spur.

WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS, .38 Merwin, Hulbert & Co.  Picture Label Cartridge Box....

This cartridge box is the same pattern as shown above, with "THE" identical, .38 Merwin Single Action revolver depicted on the lid. This box has 30 rounds of the antique .38 cartridge inside, They are a mix of head stamps, WRA and others. This was acquired from a family purchase of another Merwin, and this is the way it was. An incredibly rare box, as the same type box with the .44 Merwin on the label sells for $5,000. This would make an excellent companion piece for whoever purchases the WRA Co. .38 Merwin SA pictured above. PRICE $650SOLD/HOLD

A very clear and well defined label, with no damage, and bright colors. ALL the sides are original, and strong condition. sealed for the protection of the box in clear wrap,





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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FEBRUARY 20, 2016

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