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SCARCE CONFIGURATION !
1stMODEL, 2nd VARIATION, OPEN TOP, MERWIN, HULBERT & Co. 44/40 ARMY REVOLVER 1878
This is a scarce configuration because of the grip style, the Crescent Grip, a.k.a. Skull Cracker. This style is dominant on the Pocket Army Model, however this is NOT a Pocket Army with a 7 inch barrel. Pocket Army revolvers have stamped into the frame below the cylinder Pocket Army, this does NOT have that. Therefore it is a regular Army Model, 7 inch, with Crescent grip. It is the 1st model with the scoop flutes, open top frame , barrel wedge and single action. This Army has about 98% + of all its original factory nickel plate finish. The only imperfection is some frosting of the nickel on a portion of the top, of the barrel, The case colors on the hammer and trigger guard are also quite vivid. ALL factory applied markings are present and clear, ALL assembly numbers ( 247)match, and the serial number, 157X is clear and present. The crescent checkered hard rubber grips are fresh and damage free !
Most Important : ALL the mechanical working actions are perfect, including the twist and pull cartridge extraction system. A very TIGHT and exact fitting Merwin.
PRICE $ 3,800
ONLY 2% OF ALL MERWIN PRODUCTION , WERE FINISHED IN THE BLUE....
MERWIN, HULBERT & Co. , SINGLE ACTION ARMY, in 44/40, 2nd MODEL, TOP STRAP @ 1880-1884
This is an excellent and highly desirable variation of the Army Revolver. The company made a design change @1879, doing away with the "scoop" flutes, going to a traditional straight cut cylinder flute, along with adding a top strap to the frame , which they believed added strength an stability to it working actions. The unusual feature it it finished in high polish blue, whereas 98% of ALL production was nickel plated. Why ? Hopkins and Allen had the very best and most durable nickel plating system in use at the time. Blue also was more time consuming to produce. So. a blue Merwin is a rare thing of beauty. This Army revolver, Serial No. 1705X, has all matching Assembly Numbers of 7077. ALL parts are the factory original parts, and ALL factory markings are present and clearly seen. The checkered hard rubber grips are pristine, and crisp.
The unique Merwin shell extraction system of twist & pull operates 100% correctly, as the day it was made. The working actions of loading, cocking , rotating, indexing, and releasing to fire work PERFECTLY. Overall, there is about 75-80% original blue present, with most loss on the flats of the cylinder, which is normal, after all that is how it lays when not in use, or holstered. All the case color hardening is present on the trigger guard and the hammer. As a BLUE version, this would be hard to improve upon ! A serious addition to any Single Action fans collection. PRICE $ 4,450 SOLD / HOLD
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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