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

This is the 1st Model of the Pocket Army. It has the "scoop" flutes, barrel wedge, and open top frame, in single action. This Pocket Army is somewhat of an enigma. It is Serial No. 44X which is properly displayed on the bottom of the Crescent grip. However, under thorough examination there are no, and never have been, any Assembly Numbers  at the normal locations. Very unusual, and otherwise a true and correct Merwin Pocket Army, as the frame is correctly marked. MOST important, ALL the mechanical working actions function 100% correctly: the unique pull and twist shell extraction works perfect, it opens all the way, re-closes, cocks and indexes correctly and releases to fire, all 100% correctly. The overall surface finish is a minimal mix of plum, mostly a soft gray patina, never being cleaned, and that's good. There are traces of case color on the hammer, and trigger guard. The only exception is the sliding loading gate, it has some nickel ! I believe this is a period replacement BECAUSE those parts are NOT available today.  Speaking of parts, they are ALL original, and original to this Pocket Army. The checkered hard rubber grips are in excellent condition, with sharp checkering and no breaks or cracks. Good color and minimal hand wear.

PRICE $2,650

 

An honest old west veteran, and very collectable.

 

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 $ 3,950

 

 

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.

VERY EARLY PRODUCTION

1st / 1st MERWIN, HULBERT & Co. ARMY REVOLVER, in .44MH... 1875

This is a very early production revolver with ALL the earliest features :

  • Barrel wedge
  • Detent pin
  • Beehive buttons
  • Short trigger guard
  • Scoop flutes
  • 2 screw, drop out floor plate
  • Orange Mottled grips
  • "Hump Back" hammer

This early hammer style is referred to as " Hump Back" due to it's lower downward profile. It is noted that in an early Merwin sales catalogue this Model is referred to as the " Mexican Model". It came from an idea that their hands were smaller and this made for easier cocking ?? I choose to believe it was an idea taken from the Hopkins & Allen line, who had this style hammer on some of their models. Serial No.388X, has ALL matching assembly Numbers of 2078, and ALL original parts. All factory applied markings are present, but some less visible than others due to wear. The original nickel plate finish remaining is about 25% mostly on the frame, and then scattered on the barrel and other areas like the cylinder. the balance of the surface is a natural soft gray patina, no harsh contrast.  Mechanically the 1st Merwin operates almost perfect. The unique shell extraction system of twist and pull works 100% correctly. The Merwin opens correctly, and it indexes, cocks, locks and releases to fire perfectly. the only flaw is that the cylinder will turn when hammer is down. This is caused by a worn rest notch on the hammer. It DOES NOT effect the cocking and indexing and firing ! The Orange Mottled grips are damage free and retain most of their unusual color, even the lanyard ring is still present. A right hander carried this Merwin, as the right exterior grip shows some fading in color intensity. This is an early Merwin with all the earliest desired collector features, and it cocks and locks ! This Merwin was honestly used in the day, no doubt carried on a daily basis.

PRICE $2,050

MERWIN, HULBERT & Co.,

1st MODEL ARMY, 2nd VARIATION, .44MH Cal.

This Merwin, Hulbert & Co. revolver is right on the cusp of the 1st, 1st Army and having the design change to the 1st, 2nd variation. Serial No. 1131X has all the early features: Scoop Flutes, Single Action, Barrel Wedge, BUT it has the new 2nd variation feature of ONLY 1 trigger screw on frame. Also, this one is still in the .44 MH caliber. It has the 7 inch barrel, and has original factory Ivory Grips. The original finish was nickel plate, and it has about 3% remaining on protected areas. The overall finish is a plum/gray undisturbed and original patina. The Merwin really looks great with the original Ivory grips, which have a perfect 143 year old patina and color.

original ivory grips

Most IMPORTANT: are the mechanics of a Merwin revolver. This has perfect functioning working actions. The unique twist & pull extraction system works flawlessly, and the cocking and locking action is tight and crisp. Each time the hammer is pulled to the rear, the cylinder rotates and indexes tightly into firing position.

left side of this 1st/2nd Army from OK

 This 1st/2nd Army, came from Oklahoma, and had been there a long time. So, it was either Oklahoma Ty. or Indian Ty. where this Merwin was in the day !  This was obviously a day to day working revolver, and stored with no special attention for many, many years. However, it is still crisp and 100% functional, with a great Western Appearance, it was part of the great adventure. PRICE $ 2,950

Merwin Hulbert 1st model Army 2nd variation

MH bottom view of 1st model Army 2nd variation

top view of Merwin with 7" barrel

 

close up of 1st/2nd Army Merwin Hulbert

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