|MERWIN, HULBERT & Co., 2nd MODEL,
FRONTIER REVOLVER in 44/40 CALIBER.. @ 1878.
This model has the solid top strap frame, and straight cut flutes. MOST IMPORTANT, it is a SINGLE ACTION revolver. The Frontier revolver has the seven inch barrel, and the VERY scarce grip style, usually found on the Pocket Army with the three & 1/4 inch barrel. The grip is known, on factory terms, as the "Crescent Grip". Known on the street as a Skull Cracker. Serial No.367X has about 90% of the original factory nickel plating, with scattered gray spots of a miniscule size on various locations of the Merwin. The case coloring on the trigger guard has darkened, but the blues and straw colors can be seen. Likewise on the hammer. Most important, ALL the assembly numbers are matching, on all the parts where it should be, number 3905. Mechanically, the Merwin functions 100% on all the working actions. The unique opening and shell extraction system functions perfectly. It cocks, locks, indexes, and releases to fire correctly. The Merwins' appearance is further enhanced by Factory Mother of Pearl grips. The grips remain in perfect condition, with fabulous iridescent colors. This is a very difficult model to find, as most Frontier revolvers had the traditional square butt grip.
These revolvers found favor on the Frontier in the hands of those who understood the value of speed, in the reloading process ! They were also very accurate revolvers, and functioned well. A fine addition to any collection of Merwin, Hulbert revolvers.
PRICE $ 3,850
ENGRAVED by OTTO BODENSTEIN, PANEL SCENE, FACTORY PEARL GRIPS, CHRISTMAS DAY
PRESENTATION TO F.P. COLGAN, SHERIFF 1887
MERWIN,HULBERT & Co. 1st MODEL "POCKET ARMY", 44WCF ( 44/40)
This 1st Model Pocket Army, is factory engraved by Otto Bodenstein, and has the "Mercury" head panel scene, representing high speed. It is further engraved for presentation: on top the barrel is FROM: D. Behmer. the back strap is engraved: To F. P. Colgan, Sheriff, Dec. 25, 1887 . This is a fabulously engraved Pocket Army, as well as a great historical revolver. There are simply NOT that many presentation revolvers to Sheriffs, and fully documented. Sheriff Colgan was the Sheriff of Sonoma County, California and was involved in one of the largest Manhunts of the time. They were after one Pete Olsen for murdering a woman ! This took place in 1887, the year of the presentation ! There is NO question about the man, and he being Sheriff and where !!
1st Model Pocket Army, Serial No. 272X, is a deluxe level of factory engraving, and has the panel scene, plus diagonal panel stripe. The cylinder has the oval cameo frame style engraving. The entire revolver is covered in the leaf and typical 'punch dot" system of engraving, as are most engraved Merwins. Overall it has about 30% original nickel plating present, the balance is a soft gray untouched natural patina. ALL assembly numbers are matching throughout,2926. ALL factory applied markings are present, side barrel address, left side of frame Winchester Calibre 1873, and right side if frame Pocket Army. The barrel has strong lands and grooves, and is very clean. There are definitely strong traces of case colors on the hammer, and trigger guard. The engraving remains clear and sharp. ALL screw heads are clean, and many retain their original fire blue color. MOST IMPORTANT: The unique Merwin open and close twist extraction system works 100% perfectly ! All of the time. The revolver cocks, locks and indexes perfectly all the time. It has the original Factory Pearl grips, and they have spectacular iridescence and color.
This Merwin, Hulbert Pocket Army is featured in BOTH editions of Art Phelp's book, " The Story of Merwin, Hulbert & Co. Firearms. This is a fabulous opportunity to own a GENUINE Old West Sheriffs revolver from the 1880's, and an Engraved Pocket Army ! PRICE $8,250
This document, and some others go with the sale. Documents regarding Sheriff Colgan, and Sonoma County CA.
Co., POCKET ARMY ***SQUARE BUTT MODEL ***, DOUBLE ACTION 44/40
This exceptionally rare version is mentioned in the definitive text by Art Phelps. At the time of the writing, he felt less than 3-4 were known to exist, REAL ones. By that I mean, a Crescent Butt Pocket Army had it's barrel placed on a Square Butt Army. BUT, the give-away was the Assembly Numbers DID NOT match. This REAL true Square Butt Pocket Army has ALL matching Assembly Numbers 1331 !! Serial No. 2255X is fitted with original Ivory grips, and they have that wonderful patina of more than a century.
Mechanically, it functions 100% on ALL operating actions: unloading, loading, cocking firing etc... This is a Double Action model, and it has the "fixed" hammer spur. Overall it has about 55-60% of the original factory nickel plated finish, it has a soft plum patina where nickel is not present. ALL factory applied markings are present and clear. For Merwin collectors this is an exceptional opportunity to own one of the rarest production variations, Frontier collectors also have a great square butt, "snubby" Merwin. PRICE $3,650
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.
MERWIN, HULBERT & Co.
DOUBLE ACTION .32 /ORIGINAL FACTORY BOX
Somehow this Merwin, Hulbert & Co. Double Action .32, with folding hammer, has made it to us after 130+ years in 99.999% condition. The box is also is superb condition, way above the norm. Serial No. 917X ( Matching Assembly #'s 9170) remains in near new condition. It has a very unique Merwin option, the Folding Hammer spur. It can be raised to operate like any spur hammer, or lowered to be a flat surface for easy pocket extraction. A unique little gem from the 1880's for your consideration and purchase.
ALL factory markings are present, ALL parts are original to the Merwin.32, and it is 100% mechanically perfect: opening extracting, closing, cocking, locking etc...
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