Original Union Pacific Railroad Merwin, Hulbert & Co. First Model Frontier Army Single Action Revolver Grouping
Original Item: One of a kind set. This is an Exceptionally RARE offering, and it includes what is said to be the ONLY Mervin & Hulbert Revolver marked up to the Union Pacific Rail Road, along with an original named holster, a U.P.R.R. badge, and a book on Mervin & Hulbert that has a picture of this very revolver. The known marked U.P.R.R. handguns are most often Colt Revolvers or maybe Smith & Wesson but Mervin & Hulbert are very rare with this, we believe, the only example known.
This revolver is marked with serial number 941 on the bottom of the grip, along with UPRR Stock number U110, and has much of its original nickel finish remaining on the frame showing, while there is more loss on the barrel. The nickel plating on the trigger guard is almost completely gone, and it has suffered some corrosion due to contact with a holster. It still retains its original scarce red and black checkered hard rubber (possibly Gutta-percha) grips , which look almost orange, and show very little wear. The back strap of the grip is marked U.P.R.R. Co.. This revolver also shows some noticeable early features, such as the 2 screws above the trigger guard and humpback shape hammer.
The top of the barrel is marked MERWIN HULBERT & C., New York, U.S.A. along with the dates of various patents that the revolver is covered under. The side of the barrel is marked with the manufacturer: The HOPKINS & ALLEN Manufacturing Co., Norwich, Conn. U.S.A.. The bore is good, mostly bright with a bit of peppering, and clear lands and grooves.
Single action only in full working order, with a nice tight action and ready to Display.
The Revolver comes with an original leather open top stamped with the name of the owner:
GRAND JUNCT. COLO.
Also included is an original UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD GUARD official vest Badge indicating number # 6.
To complete this wonderful collection, we have a copy of the rare excellent work:- The Story of Merwin, Hulbert & Co. Firearms, wonderfully written by Art Phelps in 1992. On page 109 you can see a photograph of THIS VERY REVOLVER featured as part of Chapter IX: Notable and Notorious "Merwins".
A stunning revolver set, purchased from a most respected and knowledgeable East Coast Collector. A rare opportunity to add such a unique collection of American Western History to your Collection.
The first model is single-action, identified by its "open top" design (no top strap over the cylinder), "scoop" flutes on the cylinder, and a barrel wedge to engage the enclosed cylinder pin. Standard barrel was 7 inches, including an integral front sight. Most were manufactured with hard rubber grips—though wood, pearl or ivory could be had for additional cost. The first caliber offered was the proprietary .44 Merwin & Hulbert (.44-30), which resembles the S&W .44 American, but is longer overall. Production began in 1876, and likely ended in or around 1878 with the introduction of the 2nd model.
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