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PATENT INFRINGEMENT / **LAW SUIT ** .22 TIP-UP MERWIN, HULBERT & Co. REVOLVER...1870's

This is an incredibly interesting and historic Merwin, Hulbert & Co. revolver. First, this is the ONLY M, H.&Co. revolver that does not have the unique twist and pull extraction system, it is a "tip-up". This revolver is a seven shot, .22, and is identical to the S&W No.1 Third Issue revolver ! This revolver, like all the great Merwins we have come to know, bears their name, but was manufactured by by another source. Like all the later Merwins, who were made by Hopkins & Allen under contract, this one was made by O. S. Cummings, of Lowell, MA. under contract for Merwin, Hulbert & Co. The top of the barrel was so marked.

After ONLY ! a few were sold, S&W got wind of the revolver, and immediately sued M, H.& Co. for patent infringement, and Rollin White patent infringement.  The suit was quickly settled, and as a result, the ones already sold, well nothing could be done, and it numbered only a few  . HOWEVER, all remaining ones in inventory had to have the M, H. & Co. name obliterated on the barrel. If you find one today you will see the hand cut checkering over the name so it is NOT visible. PLUS, they could sell them and pay S&W .50 cents on each one, until sold out. COMPETITION back then was fierce, and jealously enforced. THIS .22 M, H.& Co. revolver, Serial No. 33X is one of the earliest ones, still having the barrel address of Merwin, Hulbert & Co. N.Y. In addition it has all matching assembly numbers of N11. The original nickel finish is about 95% present, and all the case colors on the hammer are present. The Rosewood grips have a smooth finish, no roughness, excellent color, with NO damage. Mechanically, it functions 100% correctly on ALL phases of the working actions. All original markings are present and clear. A RARE revolver with unique history, and in very fine condition, one of only a few hundred at best !

PRICE $895

 

MERWIN, HULBERT & Co., 2nd MODEL, TOP STRAP SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER, 44/40,..1880 in RARE BLUE Finish

Of the ENTIRE production of ALL Merwin revolvers, including all calibers, all models, ONLY 2% were finished in the Blue. This is one of them, enough said as to rarity. Serial No. 1796X is a Single Action, with the Top Strap Frame, and has a blue finish. There is about 20% of the bright factory blue present, mostly in obscure areas and protected areas, like flutes etc. The balance is a dull blue, with underlying plum patina, which is correct and normal for a once blue revolver. It gives a very strong blue appearance.  ALL assembly numbers of 8284 are matching, and ALL parts are original to the revolver. ALL factory applied markings are strong and clear. Most Important: ALL mechanical operations work 100% correctly all the time, opening and closing the unique twist& pull ejection system, as well as cocking, indexing, and locking tight to fire. There are still case colors on the hammer and trigger guard. The checkered hard rubber grips are in superb condition, sharp checkering not any visible hand wear, and NO damage. A blued Merwin is incredibly difficult for the collector to locate, and in all factory original condition.  A solid revolver for the collection !

PRICE $5,450

 

MERWIN, HULBERT & Co., 2nd MODEL, FRONTIER REVOLVER in 44/40 CALIBER.. @ 1878.

This model has the solid top strap frame, and straight cut flutes. MOST IMPORTANT, it is a SINGLE ACTION revolver. The Frontier revolver has the seven inch barrel, and  the VERY scarce grip style, usually found on the Pocket Army with the three & 1/4 inch barrel. The grip is known, on factory terms, as the "Crescent Grip". Known on the street as a Skull Cracker. Serial No.367X has about 90% of the original factory nickel plating, with scattered gray spots of a miniscule size on various locations of the Merwin. The case coloring on the trigger guard has darkened, but the blues and straw colors can be seen. Likewise on the hammer. Most important, ALL the assembly numbers are matching, on all the parts where it should be, number 3905. Mechanically, the Merwin functions 100% on all the working actions. The unique opening and shell extraction system functions perfectly. It cocks, locks, indexes, and releases to fire correctly. The Merwins' appearance is further enhanced by Factory Mother of Pearl grips. The grips remain in perfect condition, with fabulous iridescent colors. This is a very difficult model to find, as most Frontier revolvers had the traditional square butt grip.

These revolvers found favor on the Frontier in the hands of those who understood the value of speed, in the reloading process ! They were also very accurate revolvers, and functioned well. A fine addition to any collection of Merwin, Hulbert revolvers.

PRICE $ 3,850

 

 

FACTORY ENGRAVED by OTTO BODENSTEIN, PANEL SCENE, FACTORY PEARL GRIPS, CHRISTMAS DAY PRESENTATION TO F.P. COLGAN, SHERIFF 1887

MERWIN,HULBERT & Co. 1st MODEL "POCKET ARMY", 44WCF ( 44/40)

This 1st Model Pocket Army, is factory engraved by Otto Bodenstein, and has the "Mercury" head panel scene, representing high speed. It is further engraved for presentation: on top the barrel is FROM: D. Behmer. the back strap is engraved: To F. P. Colgan, Sheriff, Dec. 25, 1887 . This is a fabulously engraved Pocket Army, as well as a great historical revolver. There are simply NOT that many presentation revolvers to Sheriffs, and fully documented. Sheriff Colgan was the Sheriff of Sonoma County, California and was involved in one of the largest Manhunts of the time. They were after one Pete Olsen for murdering a woman ! This took place in 1887, the year of the presentation ! There is NO question about the man, and he being Sheriff and where !!

1st Model Pocket Army, Serial No. 272X, is a deluxe level of factory engraving, and has the panel scene, plus diagonal panel stripe. The cylinder has the oval cameo frame style engraving. The entire revolver is covered in the leaf and typical 'punch dot" system of engraving, as are most engraved Merwins. Overall it has about 30% original nickel plating present, the balance is a soft gray untouched natural patina. ALL assembly numbers are matching throughout,2926. ALL factory applied markings are present, side barrel address, left side of frame Winchester Calibre 1873, and right side if frame Pocket Army. The barrel has strong lands and grooves, and is very clean. There are definitely strong traces of case colors on the hammer, and trigger guard. The engraving remains clear and sharp. ALL screw heads are clean, and many retain their original fire blue color. MOST IMPORTANT: The unique Merwin open and close twist extraction system works 100% perfectly ! All of the time. The revolver cocks, locks and indexes perfectly all the time. It has the original Factory Pearl grips, and they have spectacular iridescence and color.

This Merwin, Hulbert Pocket Army is featured in BOTH editions of Art Phelp's book, " The Story of Merwin, Hulbert & Co. Firearms. This is a fabulous opportunity to own a GENUINE Old West Sheriffs revolver from the 1880's, and an Engraved Pocket Army ! PRICE $8,250

This document, and some others go with the sale. Documents regarding Sheriff Colgan, and Sonoma County CA.

 

MERWIN,HULBERT & Co., POCKET ARMY ***SQUARE BUTT MODEL ***, DOUBLE ACTION 44/40

This exceptionally rare version is mentioned in the definitive text by Art Phelps. At the time of the writing, he felt less than 3-4 were known to exist, REAL ones. By that I mean, a Crescent Butt Pocket Army had it's barrel placed on a Square Butt Army. BUT, the give-away was the Assembly Numbers DID NOT match. This REAL true Square Butt Pocket Army has ALL matching Assembly Numbers 1331 !! Serial No. 2255X is fitted with original Ivory grips, and they have that wonderful patina of more than a century.

 Mechanically, it functions 100% on ALL operating actions: unloading, loading, cocking firing etc... This is a Double Action model, and it has the "fixed" hammer spur. Overall it has about 55-60% of the original factory nickel plated finish, it has a soft plum patina where nickel is not present. ALL factory applied markings are present and clear. For Merwin collectors this is an exceptional opportunity to own one of the rarest production variations, Frontier collectors also have a great square butt, "snubby" Merwin. PRICE $3,650 SOLD/HOLD

1st MODEL, MERWIN, HULBERT & Co. 44/40

        "POCKET ARMY"

Perhaps this Model gets more attention than any other. It is a formidable pistol, heavy frame, large caliber, a short barrel, and an overall great appearance. Serial No. 270X has all the earliest features: Scoop Flutes, Single Action, Barrel Wedge, and "Crescent Grip". ALL assembly numbers are matching, and all factory applied markings are clear and present. The frame markings jump out at you, the Pocket Army, on one side, and Winchester Calibre 1873 on the other. The mechanical actions are perfect: the twist and pull ejection system, and the indexing, cocking and locking mechanics are perfect. It has about 97%++ of all the original factory nickel plate finish, with only miniscule pepper spots on the left side of barrel. In no way diminishing the appearance of the Pocket Army. All the case hardening colors are still found on the hammer. The checkered Hard Rubber grips are in superb condition, and very crisp, free from any damage. This is a very , very fine example of a Pocket Army, suitable for any collection.

PRICE $5,500

 

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