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Sometimes as a dealer you have to ask yourself the question , " where has this revolver been for 144 years, to remain in this almost mint condition ? " The only answer is, whomever owned it took a great deal of pride of ownership. This 1st style Pocket Army, Serial No. 308X, matching assembly No's of 2762, remains in 99.99% original factory nickel plate condition. In addition, all the case hardening colors are present on the hammer and trigger guard. The only flaw is a small amount of nickel loss right at the very end of the barrel on the crown. Probably fired once ! then never cleaned. The checkered hard rubber grips are pristine exhibiting no wear, and crisp checkering. In appearance, the Pocket Army shows maybe ? fired once, but not even visible signs of that exist, looking at the cylinder face,

Most Important with Merwin's is the working mechanics. This pocket Army has PERFECT working mechanics, the unique twist and pull extraction system works correctly, even suction, it closes, cocks, indexes, locks tight, and releases to fire, EVERY time called upon ! ALL parts are original to the Pocket Army, and ALL factory applied markings are present and clearly visible.

It would be very difficult to improve on the condition of this 1st Style Pocket Army. It has ALL the early features: scoop flutes, barrel wedge, bee hive buttons and short trigger guard. An excellent addition for any collector.

PRICE $ 3,950  SOLD/Hold


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.

ivory grips in near perfect condition

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.

close up of this collector's Merwin Hulbert

An excellent addition for the collector of engraved 19th century arms, or a fine addition to a Merwin collection. PRICE $3,550

Nimschke engraved Merwin Hulbert .38

.38 MH 2nd model NY engraved housed in writer's desk case

left side of 2nd model nimschke engraved .38

bottom view of Merwin Hulbert 2nd model with lanyard ring

top view of of .38 Merwin engraved with ivory grips

right view of Merwin with deluxe engraving

close up of Nimschke engraviing on cylinder of Merwin .38

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.

pearl grips on blued Pocket Army

Very IMPORTANT: This Pocket Army is 100% mechanically correct on ALL working functions !  A very scarce and desirable Merwin, Hulbert & Co. Pocket Army.

Merwin Hulbert & Co Pocket Army 44/40

PRICE $ 4,450  

1st model Pocket Army 44/40 in blue

bottom view of blued MH & Co 1st model Pocket Army

top view of pocket army

close up of Merwin Pocket Army 44/40

pearl grip on Merwin Hulbert 44/40


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