&Co., 1st/2nd MODEL 44/40 ARMY REVOLVER
This 1st/2nd represents the last design change on the First Model Army. Serial No.1462X, with matching Assembly Numbers of 4709 has only the one frame screw (other than side plate) whereas the first model had two screws. The detent pin in the barrel release is also not present, and the trigger guard has the longer front section. These represented the changes from the 1st/1st, otherwise they appear to be the same revolver. Quickly identified by the scoop flutes, and open top frame. This model would date about 1879. It has about 95% of all the bright original factory nickel plating. Actually it is a 99.9% revolver, with a cylinder of about 75%+ finish. ALL factory applied markings are clear and present. Mechanically this Merwin operates 100% correctly on all phases of the working actions. The case hardening colors are still bright and vibrant on the hammer and trigger guard, PLUS the trigger is still bright fire blue. ! The grips are mint like, with crisp perfect checkering and no damage. This is an incredibly fine Merwin, Hulbert Army & Co. revolver. It is definitely getting more and more difficult to locate quality Merwin's like this one.
|MERWIN, HULBERT & Co., 3rd
MODEL, DA, 44/40, POCKET ARMY..2 BARREL MATCHING SET, FACTORY ENGRAVED,
EXPOSITION LEVEL, by OTTO BODENSTEIN
This 3rd Model, DA 44/40 Pocket Army is exquisite !! It is factory engraved by Master Engraver Otto Bodenstein, in a Exposition Level quality. Serial No. 736X, has ALL matching Assembly Numbers ( both barrels) #'s 5487. It has about 98% of all the original bright factory nickel plating, ( including 2nd matching barrel ) and about 95 % of all the gold wash on the cylinder. ALL the case hardening colors are present on the hammer, trigger and trigger guard. The grips, ( made with Gutta Percha) are perfect. ALL the checkering is crisp, and no damage. The engraving is detailed, spectacular, and totally present and crisp. There is NO wear whatsoever. It has the deluxe TWO panel scene frame, and the deluxe cut right frame.
Mechanically, this Pocket Army functions 100% correctly: that covers opening, ejecting cartridges, closing, cocking, indexing, locking tight for firing, and releasing to fire. ALL parts are original to the revolver, ALL finishes are factory original, and the engraving by Bodenstein is ALL original. This is, and I am repeating myself, SPECTACULAR in appearance, the VERY BEST ! A highly desirable piece for the collector of Merwins, or large frame Frontier Revolvers. PRICE $13,500 SOLD*HOLD
|FACTORY ENGRAVED by OTTO
BODENSTEIN, with ORIGINAL "BOOT TOP" HOLSTER
1st MODEL MERWIN, HULBERT & Co. POCKET ARMY 44/40, with UNIQUE PANEL SCENE ! BUFFALO !
Without doubt, this is one of the most popular Merwin revolvers for collectors. A robust Pocket Army in 44/40 caliber, as popular today as an antique collectable, as it was in the 1870's as a revolver for self protection on the Frontier, or city streets for that matter. This Pocket Army, Serial No.49X, is fully Factory engraved by Master Engraver Otto Bodenstein, who created the punch dot style, with artistic frame panels.
This Pocket Army has all matching Assembly No.'s of 7744, and functions with the unique twist and pull cartridge ejection system perfectly. The working action of cocking, and firing also functions 100% perfectly, an excellent mechanical Pocket Army. The finish is about 55% of the original factory nickel plate, with the balance in a soft gray patina. The cylinder and grip area have almost 90% plus of the nickel finish. There are still traces of the case color hardening on the hammer and trigger guard. ALL factory applied markings are clear and present: frame markings, barrel maker address etc.. The engraving is still very strong, and clearly visible. ALL parts are original to this Pocket Army. Very unique ! it comes with the original holster, of the 1870's made from an old "boot top". This was a western thing, and even though this was an embellished Merwin, it was carried ! Carried on the Western Frontier. A very unique Pocket Army from Merwin, Hulbert & Co. PRICE $5,500
The checkered hard rubber grips are in perfect condition, and have a wonderful antique presence.
HULBERT & Co., 2nd MODEL 44/40 POCKET ARMY
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.
PRICE $2,850 *HOLD / SOLD
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...
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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