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MERWIN, HULBERT & Co. .44MH ARMY REVOLVER. 1875...
This is the quintessential image of the Merwin, Hulbert revolver. It has the open top frame, barrel wedge, detent pin, scoop flutes, short trigger guard, and famous Orange Mottled hard rubber grips ! This Merwin, Serial No. 185x is ALL original, with matching Assembly Numbers of 991. The finish is now a soft gray/plum patina, with traces of blue in protected areas. Why blue, this Merwin was ONCE a BLUE finished revolver ! This is very rare as ONLY 2% of ALL Merwins made were finished in the blue. It seems that H&A had the Nickel Plating process totally perfected. This Merwin has the highly colorful and particular to Merwin, Orange Mottled grips, and NO damage !!
This Merwin .44 Army has perfect mechanical actions. Correct opening click, cocking, locking, releasing to fire, and finally celerity of rotation and firing. ALL parts are original to the Merwin. An 1875 revolver, and a well accepted revolver on the western frontier.
The 1st Model Merwin Army revolvers were on the Western Frontier in the late 1870's as witnessed by this colorful young Frontiersman. His 1st Merwin, Hulbert & Co. .44 Army revolver is posed in his Slim Jim holster. PRICE $2,650 SOLD/ HOLD
The inside of the frame clearly shows the remaining blue finish, plus protected areas on balance of Merwin.
MODEL, MERWIN, HULBERT & Co. 44/40
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.
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1870'S, 44/40 POCKET ARMY REVOLVER.....
This was a very popular revolver "in the day", as it is with collectors today ! Increasingly ever more difficult to find in this level of condition and mechanical correctness. It is a robust revolver, with the 3-1/4 inch barrel, stout frame , and factory " crescent grip" with checkered hard rubber grips. Not to mention the 44/40 Winchester caliber. Serial No.307X, with ALL matching Assembly#'s of 2773, is 100% mechanically correct on the all the phases unique to Merwin. the Twist , Pull and extracting shells system , and the cocking tight, and locking on chamber each and every time the hammer is pulled. The checkered hard rubber grips are very excellent, strong not worn checkering and no damage. There is case color remaining on the hammer and the trigger guard, and fire blue on trigger. ALL factory applied markings are present, and ALL parts are original to the revolver. The Pocket Army has about 99% of all the factory original nickel on frame, and about 95% on the cylinder. The cylinder is typical in the fact the loss nickel is a soft patina, and where the Pocket would have laid on its side for many years. This is a very excellent factory finish remaining, and even the screws and buttons are perfect, slots, and patterns.
A real Frontier revolver , in "heft" and purpose. PRICE $5,100 HOLD / SOLD
HULBERT & Co., DOUBLE ACTION .38 , IN ORIGINAL FACTORY BOX, @1881
Merwin, Hulbert was ever the innovator in forward thinking revolver design. This DA .38 has the unique patented "folding hammer spur", which allows for normal thumb cocking or smooth pocket withdrawal and DA firing. Your choice !! Serial No. 2013X is virtually MINT and appears to be in unfired condition.
This 3-1/2 inch DA .38 has a UNIQUE nomenclature on the end label of the box. Like many companies of the time, they traded on Military and Police association to increase sales.
IMPORTANT: all Assembly numbers are matching, and ALL parts are original to this Merwin. The unique opening and shell extraction system work PERFECTLY, as do the standard working action functions, of cocking, indexing, locking etc...on both single and DA modes. It has 99.99999% of all the ORIGINAL factory nickel plating, and 100% of the case colors on the hammer base.
This Merwin has an interesting family history, and can be dated accurately to the original buyer in 1881, right through to today. Names and places! coming out of Nevada. It would be nearly impossible to find a better plain nickel Merwin, in the original factory box, including the scrub brush ! PRICE $3,500
NOTE: Just recently received from the original owners descendants, a complete dossier of the family history, going back to the original buyer of the Merwin, who was born in 1848. Even more fascinating, it traces the Merwin through history. The owners were involved in Maine, Wyoming, and Nevada, also in all types of business to include the Motion Picture business. This is the original box of cartridges (full) last kept with this DA Merwin. The families strongest wish was that all this be kept together, and continue through history. Speaking of history, the family goes back to the Mayflower, with significant individuals in the lineage. If you want a MINT Merwin, and a total package of the entire history of it since 1881, and the owners history, this is a unique opportunity.
|AN EXCEPTIONAL AND RARE
FIND FOR THE MERWIN ENTHUSIAST....
WINCHESTER BOX OF 50 (Full and All original) for the .44 American, AND Merwin, Hulbert Army Revolver ( .44 MH caliber)
This green label has both the .44 American designation and the elusive M&H legend, as shown here. ANY cartridge box that shows for Merwin revolvers is an ULTIMATE rarity, ESPECIALLY the large .44 caliber. I inspected this box, and the contents are all 50 original cartridges to this box.The box has both orange end labels, and all four sides are present. Currently it is plastic wrapped for it's protection. The graphics on the lid label are ALL clear and present, and in general in very fine condition with minimal shelf scuffs. A super display item to be shown with your 1st /1st Model .44 Merwin, Hulbert & Co. Army revolvers. PRICE $950
BOTH END LABELS ARE VIBRANT WITH COLOR AND IN PERFECT CONDITION, PLUS BOTH SIDES OF THE BOX ARE IN PERFECT CONDITION.
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|"THE LAWSUIT MERWIN .22"
The ONLY time Merwin ever marked a non-twist ejection system revolver, was this one time. They marked a .22 Tip Up revolver, identical in design to the Smith & Wesson model. They were made by Cooper, purchased by Merwin, and Marked with the company name on top of the barrel.
Only a few hundred shipped before S&W got wind of it, and they sued Merwin, Hulbert & Co. They won the Law suit, and it settled in an unusual manner. Merwin had to obliterate their name from the barrel, and they could sell them until none remained, and pay S&W .50 cents a pistol. So, 99% of all of these revolvers found have a "stipled" marking on top of the barrel obliterating the name of Merwin. HOWEVER there are the few that made it out prior to the law suit. Serial No.25X is one of them !!!
This Merwin .22 has about 95% of all the original nickel finish, and 100% perfect working mechanics. The Rosewood grips are in perfect condition. This is an extremely RARE revolver, and tantamount importance to Merwin, Hulbert collectors. PRICE $1,450 SOLD/HOLD
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