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Lot 3251: Merwin Hulbert & Co Pocket Army Revolver 44-40

Auction Date: September 11, 2015

Factory Panel Scene Engraved Merwin Hulbert & Co. Pocket Army Single Action Revolver

Estimated Price: $7,500 - $9,500

Factory Panel Scene Engraved Merwin Hulbert & Co. Pocket Army Single Action Revolver

Manufacturer: Merwin Hulbert & Co
Model: Pocket Army
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44-40
Barrel: 3 1/4 inch round
Finish: nickel
Grip: hard rubber
Stock:
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 105
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured circa 1876 into the 1880s, this Merwin Hulbert & Co. Pocket Army single action revolver features a round barrel, fluted cylinder and bird's head butt. The revolver is profusely engraved with the distinctive Merwin Hulbert & Co. style with a round panel on the left side of the frame which features a deer head. The left side of the frame under the cylinder is marked "CALIBRE/WINCHESTER" followed by "1873" and the right side of the frame is marked "MERWIN HULBERT & CO. N.Y./POCKET ARMY". The left side of the barrel has the two-line Hopkins & Allen address/patent date marking. The barrel, frame sides, cylinder flats and top of the back strap feature a fine floral/floral vine and punch dot engraving. The left rear of the frame has a geometric design. A simple punch dot scroll pattern is engraved on the sliding loading gate. The serial number "2725" is stamped near the butt, the rear face of the cylinder, the back of the barrel lug and the cylinder pin have the assembly number "3880". Nickel finish with casehardened hammer, triggerguard and trigger and fitted with checkered hard rubber grips.

Rating Definition:

Very fine. The revolver retains 85% plus original nickel finish with some scattered minor flaking, high edge and back strap wear. The triggerguard has a smooth mottled gray patina with some strong original case colors in protected areas. The grips are good with some moderate/heavy wear on the left panel, a few minor dings and crisp checkering on the right panel. The markings and engraving are crisp and clear. The action is fine.



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