MERWIN & HULBERT Antique .38 S&W Revolver NICKEL IVORY Holster Folding Hammer
With “JR” Initialed Leather Holster!
Here we present an antique Merwin & Hulbert Double Action Revolver in .38 S&W, made circa the 1880s by Hopkins & Allen in Norwich, Connecticut. Only a few thousand of these revolvers were produced. The hammer on this revolver is a unique feature in that the spur is hinged, so that it offers single action shooting without being in the way to snag clothing. These revolvers are considered today to be some of the best made of the late 19th Century and the Wild West, even better in some minds than similar Colts and Smith & Wessons. These pistols certainly tended to have different, very well-thought features than their competition, and they were extremely well-made.
One such feature was the method of ejection. Loading was achieved by placing the hammer at half-cock and sliding down the loading gate to single feed cartridges. If one wanted to unload the gun, they could simply push the latch back on the bottom of the gun, twist the barrel and cylinder assembly and pull forward. Only the empty brass would come out as the space created was shorter than a loaded cartridge, enabling the shooter to top off his gun and keep rounds available. An ingenious method was designed to achieve this that included a machined cut on the cylinder axis pin and a ledge on the breech face that kept the cartridge rims underneath. This system was also advantageous for forcefully removing stuck cartridges, providing lots of mechanical advantage.
The overall condition nearing fine. The action is strong and crisp. The bore is bright with nice rifling. The original nickel finish still shines bright and catches the eye. The ivory grips are in great condition. The holster has “JF” hand tooled and is in good condition. A truly fine revolver with a ton of appeal!
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Barrel is 5-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .38 S&W
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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