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1st/1st MODEL, MERWIN , HULBERT & Co.
ARMY REVOLVER in .44MH w IVORY GRIPS & ONCE BLUE !!!
This is a 1st / 1st Model Merwin, Hulbert & Co. Army revolver in the brand name caliber 44MH. This Merwin has all the very collectable features found on only the earliest production Features: scoop flute cylinder, short trigger guard, drop out floor plate, barrel wedge and single action firing. Now the Merwin has an overall plum color, BUT blue is easy visible in the more protected areas, like the scoops, barrel creases, loading port and end of barrel. It would have been a full blue, and ONLY 2% of all Merwin's were finished in the blue, However like most blued revolvers, aging and exposure created a plumish color patina. Most Important: the unique twist and pull shell extraction system works perfectly. Mechanically it opens, closes with precision, locks tight, and then cocks, rotates the cylinder, indexes, and locks tight for firing, followed by a smooth release. In other words, a PERFECT working action ! Serial No. 272X has ALL matching Assembly Numbers, and ALL factory applied markings( barrel address etc..) are clear and present. This once blue Merwin was further enhanced by Ivory grips, which are ORIGINAL to this revolver. The grips are flawless and have a smooth creamy patina finish.
All parts are the original to this Merwin, and it just has a very pleasing appearance. Contrary to some opinion these Merwin revolvers were very popular on the American Frontier, and can be found in many old cabinet card images of the day. In addition they seemed to find more popularity in the Southwestern frontier and the border areas. A RARE BLUE 1/st 1/st Army Model in their 44MH caliber.
EXTREMELY SCARCE REVOLVER...RUSSIAN MODEL..1st/1st
MODEL, MERWIN, HULBERT & Co. SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER in .44R...WEXELL &
DeGRESS , FULLY ENGRAVED with BLACK ENAMEL IN CUTS. with RARE & ORIGINAL 3/4
SKIRT, HOLSTER & CARTRIDGE LOOP MONEY BELT 1875
This is an incredible outfit for many reasons, both revolver and belt & holster. The revolver is a 1st/1st Model Merwin & Hulbert & Co. single action Army revolver. However, Serial No. 342X is quite rare ! During this period of manufacture they were making revolvers for the MH &Co. .44 cartridge. It wouldn't be until a few years had passed and they were looking to make a caliber change to increase sales. For a SMALL window they tried the .44 Russian cartridge, and maybe ? 100 were made. They quickly realized the road to more sales was with the 44WCF caliber, a.k.a 44/40. Therefore this 1st / 1st must have been a special order , as the frame is marked below the cylinder Russian Model. Beyond that it is profusely engraved by the firm of Wexell & DeGress , offices in NY and Mexico City. They engraved the Mexican Eagle and Snake pattern on ALL Merwins being shipped to to their Mexico City Office and sales room. Beyond that, all the engravers cuts were filled with Black Jewelers enamel, which is still present !! Even more deluxe, it was fitted with Ivory grips, in the Mexican Snake and Eagle pattern of the Mexican Flag. A "somebody" ordered this Merwin Army. Today about 20%+ of the original nickel plating is present, the balance is a soft natural gray patina blending well with the finish.
Important to this Model is that all factory applied markings are present and very legible, including barrel address, Russian Model, Serial No. and matching assembly numbers. Additionally the unique Merwin twist and pull shell extraction then loading system works 100% correctly. The working actions of cocking, cylinder rotation, indexing and locking, then smoothly releasing to fire are 100% in correct working order. Even the back strap was engraved with a ribbon for a name or other memento, and just maybe the fragments of a name are still there.
This entire outfit has HUGE eye appeal, and is very reminiscent of the Southwestern Frontier and Mexican Border area, if in fact Mexico of the mid 1870's.
A very, very faint trace of a name or city is in the engraved ribbon behind the hammer.
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
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JULY 31, 2021
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