& Co. "The Classic Look" POCKET ARMY 44/40 /IVORY..1876
One of the enduring classics in collecting is the Merwin, Hulbert & Co. Pocket Army. The 1st Model with the Scoop Flutes, Wedge in Barrel, and in Single Action 44/40, and the short barrel. A quite Robust Revolver yet in that era capable of being carried in a pocket ! Serial No. 295X, has ALL matching assembly numbers of 2690. The Pocket Army has about 98%+ of all the factory original nickel plating, with only "pepper" spots on the frame. The trigger guard and hammer have their case hardening colors, only darkened. Most Important: the unique shell extraction system of the revolver functions 100% correctly! as do the actions of cocking and firing. It is a solid 100% mechanical revolver. The stunning revolver is further enhanced by it's ORIGINAL Ivory grips, that have a perfect aged color and patina.
This is a fine example of a classic Pocket Army from Merwin, Hulbert & Co. suitable for the most discriminating collection.
PRICE $4, 650
THE CLASSIC LOOK "
MERWIN, HULBERT & Co., 1st MODEL, 2nd VARIATION .44MH, SINGLE ACTION ARMY. @ 1876-1877
This is the classic look for Merwin. Scoop Flutes, Open Top Frame, with Orange Mottled Grips. This is really a transitional first, as it still has the detent pin in the barrel release latch, still in .44MH caliber, BUT has the new change of one trigger frame screw. The Orange Mottled grips are still present, as with all early models. Serial No. 999X, Assembly Number A8072 has about 70% of all its original nickel plating. It is most dominant on the frame and cylinder, and thinning on the barrel. The balance is a blending and untouched light gray patina. The grips are in perfect condition, NO damage and have all their brilliant mélange colors. Mechanically, this Merwin's unique shell extraction system functions 100% correctly. The working action also functions 100% correctly, opening, cocking and firing. ALL parts are original to the factory, and ALL factory applied markings atre present and clear: barrel address, serial number etc.....
This is a very, very respectable collectable 1st Merwin , Hulbert & Co. revolver, and 100% correct in appearance and function.
HULBERT & Co. "SQUARE BUTT", POCKET ARMY .44MH &Co. CALIBER, SINGLE ACTION.
The MOST unique and RARE configuration for any large frame Frontier Army Merwin. In Phelp's Book, The History of Merwin & Hulbert he states only maybe ? 2 or 3 exist. This is the Single Action Army NOT Pocket Army with the curved Crescent Grip. What is most important with this model is that ALL Assembly Numbers are matching, otherwise it is a "put together" from two revolvers. This revolver is absolutely GENUINE, and ALL Assembly Numbers are matching everywhere they should be present, 6954. This Merwin is Serial No. 1678X, from about the 1880 -1881 era of production. It is a Single Action, with the Top Strap frame, and MOST noticeable, it has scoop flutes !!! So, this is a transitional model going from Open Top Scoop flutes to top strap with standard straight cut flutes. ALL of this makes this Merwin, an ultimate production rarity. This Pocket Army has about 60% of all the original factory nickel plating, mostly missing on the grip area. the barrel and frame have about 98% of the finish, the missing is a soft gray untouched patina. ALL factory applied markings are present and very clear. All parts are original to this Merwin Army. It is 100% mechanically correct throughout ALL the working actions. The Merwin still has it's original Mother of Pearl grips, with one well done ancient repair, not really noticeable.
This is a very unique Model of the Merwin, Hulbert & Co. Army revolver, and FEW to NONE can claim one for their collection. An excellent opportunity to own one of THE rarest big frame Merwins ever manufactured. PRICE $3,650
Another rare variation for this model and year of production, is the frame is marked: CALIBER 44 M.H.& Co.
|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 !
|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 !
|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
MODEL, MERWIN, HULBERT & Co. 44/40
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.
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