.44 M&H caliber, 7" barrel, S/N 6020. Nickel finish, color case hardened hammer, checkered composite grips. Single action, 6-shot revolver with open top, scooped flute cylinder and two screws over the triggerguard indicating a "1st - 1st Model." Matching assembly number 3274 on frame under left grip, on rear face of cylinder, on arbor pin and on rear face of barrel web. Grips are scratch numbered 338 and 419, not matching this gun, but are period and original Merwin, Hulbert & Co grips, appropriate to this early production gun. Revolver with standard one-line Merwin, Hulbert & Co address and patent dates on top of barrel and typical Hopkins & Allen markings on left side of barrel. Revolver is deeply engraved with geometric style foliate patterns with punch dot background shading and has two central panels engraved on the frame with a Mexican eagle and snake motif on the reverse and an oval foliate panel on the obverse. Cylinder retains traces of gilt wash in the recesses of the flutes and engraving with traces of colored enamel in the recesses of the frame and barrel engraving. No doubt a stunning revolver when new and retaining all of the additional colored accents.
Very good to fine. Retains most of the nickel finish with traces of mottled case color on the hammer. Markings remain legible and engraving is crisp and clear. Retains traces of gilt and enamel in protected areas. Mechanically functional, crisp action, no suction, bore very good with even pinpricking and light pitting, retaining very good rifling. Release catch under frame, forward of triggerguard, is a well made modern replacement. Grips are correct pattern replacements original to the period with the left grip showing a well executed minor repair along the rear edge, really only noticeable when the grip is removed, appearing only as discoloration from the exterior. Otherwise grips are solid with crisp checkering and light wear.