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MERWIN, HULBERT & Co., 1st,1st MODEL .44 ARMY, FACTORY ENGRAVED, FACTORY PEARL GRIPS @1876
This is the earliest style of all Merwin .44 revolvers. A 1st/1st Model with ALL the early production features. Scoop flutes, barrel wedge, two screw drop out floor plate, short trigger guard etc... This .44MH caliber revolver was "Presentation Level" treated with engraving and gold cylinder, and highly unusual PEARL grips ! Additionally it has a double sided panel engraving. One being a Lion, the other a Hunting Dog head. This level of engraving was the finest Merwin had to offer at that time. The Jewelers Enamel ( black) is still in the engraving cuts throughout, frame, barrel, etc... The gold wash is still present in the cylinder flutes, and in the floral highlights on the cylinder flats. The revolver has 90% of all the original bright factory nickel plating, with the back strap and cylinder flats showing a darkened metal. This would be normal, as it was held, and laid down, what does it rest on ? the cylinder flats. All the case hardening colors are still on the hammer. The engraving is a deluxe version, combining NY and simplistic punch style. It is absolutely strong with no signs of wear, and enamel present ! Most all deluxe Merwins of this period tend to have Ivory grips, this one has Mother Of Pearl. IT has ALL the radiant colors ONLY 100 year old plus Pearl exhibits. The best part, they are in PERFECT condition, NO damage.
Serial No. 578X is COMPLETELY matching, ALL original parts, and matching Assembly Numbers of 3269. IMPORTANT, this Merwin Army is 100% mechanically correct on ALL working functions: opening, twist, pull and eject, closing, cocking to fire, and releasing to fire.. It functions smoothly , in fact I doubt that in the last 100 years the action was worked. The barrel has all the Jewelers enamel in the engraving cuts, and the wedge screw is perfect, NO burring.
PRICE $ 7,950
Note that the engraving left the manufacturer, Hopkins & Allen space untouched on the side of the barrel.
There is no doubt that this Merwin, so early into production, and so EXQUISITELY engraved wasn't destined for a person of importance. It was done to dsiplay the quality and appearance of Merwin, Hulbert & Co. revolvers.
MERWIN, HULBERT&Co. , .38 2nd MODEL., SINGLE ACTION,
New York Engraved, L.D. Nimschke / Writers Desk Cased
This 2nd Model .38 Single Action , Serial No. 2366X is elaborately engraved in the New York Style. Specifically, the Louis D. Nimschke style and his perfection of elaborate engraving. The revolver has full coverage, almost exhibition grade, and the unmistakable donuts, and scroll work of Ninschke. In a 2006 publication, it states that Merwin, Hulbert & Co. was known to have employed Nimschke, for high level work. Also, the Merwin pattern seen here can be found in R.L. Wilsons Book, on Nimschke engraving, blue prints. The engraving has lasted in a near perfect state, NO wear. Unfortunately the nickel plated finish, has all but vacated, leaving only 3-5% still present. The surface has an UNTOUCHED original soft gray patina. The Merwin is further enhanced by ORIGINAL Ivory grips, also in near perfect condition and color for the 140 plus years.
Mechanically this .38 Merwin operates 100% correctly, on ALL working actions, including the unique twist and pull ejection system. It cocks, indexes, locks, and releases for firing smoothly. It is housed in a Writing Desk ( original key present) which appears to be an antique. The interior is a purple velvet, and has no damage. The bottom of the box has an ancient black oil cloth covering, indicative of the 19th century. The lid has an ornate head of an Indian ! in a brass figure. The casing is French Fitted for the revolver, even the Lanyard Ring is accounted for ! This is a very deluxe engraved example of a popular Model from Merwin, Hulbert & Co.
An excellent addition for the collector of engraved 19th century arms, or a fine addition to a Merwin collection. PRICE $3,550
MERWIN, HULBERT & Co., 1st MODEL
" POCKET ARMY" 44/40 in BLUE !!! Factory PEARL
Grips, and more !
This is an extremely EARLY example into production, as it is a 3 digit Serial Number, 18X. Beyond that it was a factory BLUE finished revolver, and fitted with Pearl grips. The significance of this is, ONLY 2% of all calibers, all models were ever finished in blue. Basically due to the perfected nickel plating process H&A offered, nickel was the 98% finish for all Merwins'. Being so early into production blue was used. Currently this Pocket Army has about 7-10% original blue visible. However, the balance of finish is a blue gray patina, which shows it was blue. Also slightly mixed in is the oxidized blue, a.k.a. Plum Patina. Case colors can easily be seen on the hammer and trigger guard, plus nitre blue on the trigger. ALL factory applied markings are clear and present, PLUS ALL Assembly Numbers 127 are matching. ALL parts are original to this Merwin, to include the Pearl Grips.
Very IMPORTANT: This Pocket Army is 100% mechanically correct on ALL working functions ! A very scarce and desirable Merwin, Hulbert & Co. Pocket Army.
PRICE $ 4,450
AUTHENTIC & ORIGINAL 1885 CABINET CARD PHOTOGRAPH of
TS0-AY, a.k. a. "PEACHES" CHIEF APACHE SCOUT for GENERAL CROOK, DURING THE
This is a near pristine Cabinet Card from 1885 showing "Peaches" with a long arm (probable shotgun) and definitely without challenge a 1st Model, Merwin, Hulbert & Co. .44 Army revolver. It has a nickel plate finish, and the famous Orange Mottled grips. It is carried in an Embroidered Slim Jim Holster.
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