(# 21) PAYMENT PLAN AVAILABLE. TWO(2) PAYMENTS IN 30 DAYS, THREE(3) PAYMENTS IN 60 DAYS, FOUR(4) PAYMENTS IN 90 DAYS, FIVE(5) PAYMENTS IN 120 DAYS. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT USING THIS PLAN, PLEASE CALL ME AT 386-749-4104. CONTACT ME FOR PLAN CONFIRMATION BEFORE PLACING A BID.+++++ This auction is for a beautifully RESTORED BLUE FINISH WITH ELEPHANT IVORY GRIPS Merwin, Hulbert & Co. Third Model Medium Frame DA .38 caliber Pocket Revolver, having a rare 2 3/4 inch barrel length, lanyard ring and folding hammer. The unique serial number 3097 is found stamped on the gripframe beneath the grips. Merwin, Hulbert & Co. firearms were produced from 1876 to 1891 only, when a fire destroyed the factory and all factory records. This Merwin originally had a very rare factory Blue Finish, which is found on only about 5% of all Merwin revolvers, according to Mr. Art Phelps, (deceased) the author of THE STORY OF MERWIN, HULBERT & CO. FIREARMS. Some more recent authorities on Merwins contend that the number of blue finish Merwin revolvers produced was closer to 2% of total output. In any event, the percentage of blue finish revolvers produced was very small. This outstanding Merwin is in Near Mint 99.99% RESTORED condition and is a joy to behold! It demonstrates fully just what fine-looking revolvers Merwin produced when they left the factory. In my opinion, this Merwin should be used for display purposes only, as an incredible example of what they once looked like. This gorgeous Merwin has been Nitre-blued, with Fire-blued screws and bone charcoal casecolored triggerguard and hammer. The refinishing of this Merwin took place about seven(7) years ago, according to the previous owner. The blueing was done by Mike Stigall. The casecoloring was done by Doug Turnbulls' shop. The restored finish is 100%. Old drag lines are present on the cylinder, as it was not polished down to eliminate them. All of the original Merwin, Hulbert & Co. manufacturing and patent date lettering is present and is sharp and clear. The custom-made replacement Elephant Ivory grips fit quite well and are in 99% + overall condition. The left-side grip panel has a tiny chip at the top right of the round medallion area. There are two(2) small cracks about 3/4 of an inch apart and about 1/4 inch in length on the front of the grip panel next to the front gripstrap. The right-side grip panel also has an extremely tiny chip in about the same location opposite the left-side chip. This minor damage was probably caused during the fitting of the grip panels to the gripstraps. These flaws were present when I purchased this revolver about five(5) years ago and detract very little from the overall appearance, and are figured into my listing price. The barrel/cylinder release functions as it should and produces excellent "suction", an important condition aspect where Merwins are concerned. A brown, form-fitting, leather belt holster which perfectly fits this 2 3/4" barrel-length Merwin is included. The holster has a medallion stamped on the front enclosing the name "MERWIN" over "HULBERT". On the back of the holster above the belt loop is stamped "38 DA". This appears to be a holster originally designed and built specifically for this barrel-length Merwin revolver. Original "MERWIN HULBERT" marked holsters are very rare in their own right. This fine holster it worth at least $150.00 by itself. The mechanics in this Merwin were excellent, with everything working as it should, when it was placed on display in my home about five(5) years ago. When I tried it both double action and single action prior to listing it here, I noticed it intermittently failed to advance the trigger to the fully forward position. Some minor mechanical problem is present. My listing price for this item reflects this minor problem, as I do not want to open this revolver up for inspection or repair. I am getting on in years and my hands shake too much for me to attempt to repair this problem myself. I am sure this is nothing major and can be readily fixed, but it will have to be by someone else. Please take this information into consideration when deciding to bid. This is an extremely attractive Merwin, which makes a beautiful display piece, and is well worth my listing price just as it is. This is as "purty" a little Merwin as you will ever see! When used for display purposes only, the minor mechanical flaw is irrelevant. If desired, when repaired it would make a fine "shooter", if someone was of a mind to shoot something this beautiful. WITH CUSTOM MADE BLACK POWDER LOADED CARTRIDGES, OF COURSE. I determined that this Merwin was produced about 1889, based on comparisons to pictures of similar Merwins found in copies of original 1889 Merwin, Hulbert & Co. catalogs from this time period. This Merwin has the later, taller version of the folding spur hammer, which was introduced at this time. This Merwin was designed and manufactured to fire BLACK POWDER LOADED proprietary .38MH&Co. caliber cartridges. NO attempt should be made to fire any type of modern smokeless powder ammunition in this Merwin under any circumstances. SHOOTING MODERN SMOKELESS POWDER LOADED AMMUNITION IN THIS REVOLVER WOULD BE DISASTROUS! My description is detailed and accurate, so this item is sold "AS IS". $30.00 S&H and insurance. Bank check or postal money order. "Discreet" PayPal- ask me. Payment due within seven(7) calendar days of end of auction. As with any used or antique firearm, I take no responsibility for its' continued functionality or safety after leaving my possession. It is the buyers' responsibility to have this over 120 year old revolver inspected by a qualified, competent gunsmith before attempting to shoot it. This revolver is antique, so it can be sent directly to the winning bidder in most states without the need of a FFL holder to transfer it to the winning bidder, per Federal law. However, some states' laws require that even antique firearms have to be transferred by a FFL holder. It is up to you to know the requirements of your state as to whether you can receive this antique revolver directly or whether you will need to find a FFL holder to receive it and legally transfer it to you. Additional fees accrue if a FFL holder is required. A copy of your state picture ID showing your name, current address and that you are over 21 years of age is required, along with a signed statement that you can lawfully own this antique firearm in your state.
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