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As with the evolution and development of arms, many companies including Colt moved away from the open top frame, and toward the solid frame revolver. Merwin, Hulbert & Co. also followed this design change, and in the late 1870's changed from an open top frame to a solid frame revolver. The theory a safer stronger product. The other design factor was the straight cut cylinder flutes, easier to manufacture, and less costly. This 2nd Model Pocket Army, Serial No. 5718, is a fine example. It is ALL matching, with matching assembly numbers of 7338, and ALL factory markings are present, and ALL parts are original to the revolver. It functions 100% on ALL mechanical operations, including the unique Merwin shell extraction system. It has about 85%++ of all its original factory nickel plate finish. All the screw heads are clean and neat. All parts are original to the Merwin Pocket Army. It has the checkered hard rubber grips, in excellent condition, except one grips, the left one, has a cattle brand. ^ with a G below, in the circle at top of grip. The Rafter G brand. The finish is all original and untouched.

Perhaps a Ranch Merwin ? An excellent example of a Top Strap Single Action, Merwin, Hulbert & Co. Pocket Army.








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.

PRICE $2,150


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...

1st / 1st MERWIN, HULBERT & Co. .44MH ARMY REVOLVER. 1875... BLUE....

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 working 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 $2,850



The inside of the frame clearly shows the remaining blue finish, plus protected areas on balance of Merwin.

1st MODEL, MERWIN, HULBERT & Co. 44/40

        "POCKET ARMY"

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.

PRICE $5,500



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 1885, 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 $3,450*SOLD/HOLD

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 1885, and the owners history, this is a unique opportunity.



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 *SOLD/HOLD




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