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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 Merwins 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. 372X 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.


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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MARCH 31, 2023

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