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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., 1st MODEL, POCKET
ARMY 44/40..INTAGLIO FLORAL FACTORY ENGRAVED with DELUXE PEARL GRIPS 1877
This is one of the very finest examples of Merwin, Hulbert & Co. Factory Engraving. It is the deluxe Intaglio Engraving with some geometric punch dot mixed in the patterns. It features the Oval Framing of patterns, and even the loading gate is engraved. ALL parts are original to this Pocket Army. The Pearl Grips are also deluxe, having great thickness and color. The cylinder retains some of the gold wash, mostly in the flutes and the rear of the cylinder. The overall finish is 95% original factory nickel plate, but actually stronger, as the frame is 99%+ only the wear on the cylinder flats brings it to 95% overall. The left frame is also enhanced with a circular panel containing an American Eagle head, the right panel a geometric pattern. The hammer and trigger guard show strong , but slightly faded, case hardening colors. All factory applied markings are present: barrel address, model identity on frame, serial number and assembly numbers.
Most important with Merwin's, the unique shell extraction system of pull and twist is operating PERFECTLY. It also, rotates, indexes and locks tight for firing, a perfect mechanical specimen. It is a very EARLY production Pocket Army, with a Three Digit Serial Number, 26X. Note: Assembly Numbers are matching and illustrate a human error factor during engraving and assembly. The barrel and grip are No. 200, the cylinder is No.199 ! Therefore I say, all matching assembly numbers, shipped that way.
This a truly wonderful specimen of a unique engraving style, probably engraved by Otto Bodenstein who was an excellent engraver and artistic in a new style.
PRICE $ 5,495
The back strap is a perfect example of the Intaglio Style of Engraving, Floral and Oval Framing. The Pocket Army is exceptionally pleasing as it is a 1st Model with all the original characteristics. Scoop Fluted cylinder, barrel wedge, Open Top Frame, and Single Action
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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