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|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.
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
|MERWIN, HULBERT & Co., 1st /
1st MODEL .44MH ARMY REVOLVER/ IVORY GRIPS, RARE MERWIN HOLSTER and BELT..
This is the earliest version of the Merwin, Hulbert & Co. .44 Army revolver. It is known as the 1st / 1st Model. It has the two screw drop out floor plate, detent pin. open top frame, and scoop fluted cylinder. In addition, Serial No.542X has ORIGINAL factory Ivory Grips. MOST important, all Assembly Numbers are matching, and all parts are original to the revolver. It has about 75% - 80% of all the original factory nickel plating, and the Ivory grips show weathered use and character. All factory markings are clear, sharp, and present. The holster and rig is SPECIFICALLY for the 7 inch barreled Merwin 1st Model Army revolver, making it extremely unique ! ALL of the unique Merwin mechanical functions of loading and unloading operate PERFECTLY through ALL phases. The cocking, indexing, and locking tight to fire all function perfectly.
A very colorful, and scarce rig, a definite participant in the "Old West". PRICE $3,250
|"THE CLASSIC" LOOK....
1st,1st MODEL MERWIN, HULBERT &Co..44MH, SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER, with HUMPBACK HAMMER, a.k.a. "THE MEXICAN MODEL", with ORANGE MOTTLED GRIPS.....
When in the 1870's the Westward Expansion of America created an unheard of market for large frame Frontier Revolvers. Merwin, Hulbert & Co. had a new .44 Army revolver, with colorful grips, and a UNIQUE patented, and rapid ejection system for spent cartridges. Faster than all the big names like Colt, etc..It was a twist and pull system, ejecting only fired cartridges, extremely quickly, closing to reload. It attained quite a bit of popularity, and can be seen in antique cabinet card photo's of the period, not to mention NUMEROUS personalities who carried a Merwin. THIS is the first of the .44's to be introduced, and it had several KEY factors which soon were designed improved, and disappeared. The most notable features are:
Serial No. 213X is a very early production Model, and has ALL, the above unique features. This would date about 1875, so it was in the heart of the Westward expansion, and demand for large frame revolvers. Today, it has about 85, maybe 90% of all the ORIGINAL factory nickel plating, with faded case color hardening on the Trigger guard and Hammer. ALL the Assembly numbers are matching, and ALL factory applied markings: two barrel addresses, Merwin, and the maker H&A, and serial Number are clear well defined and present. MECHANICALLY, it operates PERFECTLY, just as it did some 136 years ago.
These First, First models are EVER INCREASINGLY harder to find, and are a top demand item among Merwin, and Frontier Arms collectors. PRICE $3,050 SALES HOLD
SOMETIMES SEEN IN MERWIN CATALOGUES, WITH THIS HAMMER, AND REFERRED TO AS THE "MEXICAN MODEL"
HULBERT & Co., 1st /1st .44 MH ARMY REVOLVER, a.k.a. "MEX ICAN 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.
|"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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