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1st / 1st MERWIN, HULBERT &
Co. .44MH ARMY REVOLVER..1875
A 2 %'er... BLUE FINISH....
This 1st / 1st .44 Army revolver has dignity and character, acquired after 143 years of existence ! Serial No. 235X, Matching Assembly Numbers of 587, was once a spectacular and rare blue finish. Today only about 3-5% remains, mostly in the scoop flutes and more protected areas. However, remember only 2% of the entire production were blue finished ! The balance of the surface is a smoky gray patina, and smooth metal. Some case colors can be seen on the hammer and trigger guard. The original Ivory grips are a classic, just the perfect aged patina color, and some browning at the edge of Ivory metal contact, and they fit perfect !
Traces of bright blue in Flutes, and around barrel area immediately in front of cylinder.
All screws have clean sharp slots, and all lines are sharp. ALL Factory applied markings are present and very sharp and easily seen. ALL parts are original to this Merwin Army. MOST IMPORTANT: this Army functions perfectly mechanically. Opening with the unique Merwin Twist and Pull system, closing , loading, cocking, indexing, and locking tight to fire with a perfect release. This is an early Merwin Army, with ALL the earliest manufacturing features. A true and early Merwin Army revolver in the unique .44MH caliber.
PRICE $ 3,350
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 $4,250
1st / 2nd Merwin, Hulbert & Co. , .44MH
Cal. Army Revolver @1876 - 1877
Serial No. 1244X is an excellent example of the on going design improvements of the Merwin .44 Army revolver. It is actually a first type transition Army Model, because in all ways it is a 1st / 1st , except the two small screws on the frame for the trigger have been replaced with a larger single screw.
The .44 Merwin caliber is still the caliber of this Merwin Army. This is a 100% matching Merwin, with all assembly numbers being 1962, and ALL parts are original to this revolver ! Currently it has about 90% of all the original factory nickel plating, the balance is a gray finish. The trigger guard and hammer have all their case colors, only darkened. The Merwin Army has it's ORIGINAL Ivory grips from 1876, and they fit PERFECTLY, and show only normal hand wear. The color is a fine mellow creamy mustard patina. They have some natural striation, but NO damage. MOST IMPORTANT with Merwin revolvers is the unique cartridge ejection system, a twist and pull system. This Army revolver works 100% correctly on ALL PHASES of the working actions and all phases of opening , closing, and cartridge ejection system. I might add with new like precision. A very important feature is this Merwin has NEVER been cleaned, polished or otherwise enhanced ,all original finish.
The cylinder shows that it was seldom used, and lightly carried, I attribute the small amount of nickel loss to less than perfect storage over 140 years. This is a very excellent example of a Merwin, Hulbert & Co. Army revolver exhibiting the first design change, and in superior condition. PRICE $5,250
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 $ 4,650
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.
THE COMPLETE INFORMATION & DETAILS CAN BE FOUND UNDER THE OLD WEST MEMORABILIA CATEGORY ON THIS WEB-SITE
HULBERT & Co., 1st MODEL POCKET ARMY 44/40
A stout and robust revolver, with substantial power, was used to describe this revolver in it's day. This specimen, Serial No. 279X has about 90 -95% of all its original factory nickel finish, with only scattered pepper spotting on the surface. The trigger guard and hammer show faded case colors with ghost colors and outlines of the case colors. ALL assembly numbers 2959 are matching, and ALL factory applied marking are clear and easily visible. ALL parts are the original parts to the Pocket Army. MOST important to Merwins: the unique shell extraction and opening system operate 100% correctly !! The checkered hared rubber grips are FREE of ant damage, and have a crisp appearance.
The Merwin, Hulbert & Co. 1st Model Pocket Army is highly sought after for its characteristics: open top frame, scoop cylinder flutes, barrel wedge, short barrel, and single action firing mode. Not to mention very early in the time line of production for the Company @ 1876-1877
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