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THE "REAL WEST" a true participant, VERY CHARISMATIC OUTFIT !

MERWIN, HULBERT & Co, 1st / 1st MODEL .44mh ARMY REVOLVER & ORIGINAL FRONTIER HOLSTER...NY ENGRAVED & IVORY GRIPS

This 1st/1st Merwin Army revolver exudes ! the old west. it wears it's 146 years of existence well. Not hiding the fact it was used and used all the time, leaving it with character and the true look of the old west. Serial No. 115X, with matching assembly numbers of 1017 is ALL original, every part ! Amazingly the mechanical working actions are 100% correct: opening, twist and pull ejection, cocking , indexing, and releasing to fire. This was more than likely a Wexell Y deGress shipped Merwin. It bears the Mexican Eagle motif on the left panel scene. More interesting, on the right frame panel a Longhorn Steer standing in the rough cactus & brush of the southwest. New York style engraving is seen on the barrel and frame area.

The colorful Merwin is further enhanced with the ORIGINAL Ivory grips. They have an unusual characteristic found on grips that are original to the revolver and having been there since day  one. Due to exposure and the iron frame, it "bleeds" into the Ivory , giving us the dark reddish color in parts of the Ivory.

This Merwin was finished in factory nickel plate, and now shows the signs of wear. Only about 30% remains , with the balance a darkened gray patina. Also there is some minimal surface pepper "picks" in only select areas, generally where the hand contact is more prevalent. The engraving is still well defined, and the panel scenes are still defined and visible. Even the lanyard ring is still with the revolver. This Merwin makes the perfect piece to any western collection, WHY? it is the real west, it spent its life doing it! not laying in a drawer, and shows the years of service to some cowboy, somewhere in the southwest or border area. A Merwin with a past and proudly shows it !

PRICE $ 3,550

 

 

A true western holster for the owner of the Merwin, decorated with nickel plated spots .

The Mexican Eagle & Snake Motif on left side of frame.

Long Horn Steer standing in the cactus and brush, a southwest motif.

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APRIL 30, 2024

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