This .45 Colt caliber revolver has mismatched numbers, as is correct. Serial no. 94766 is on the bottom of the frame with “U.S.” marked on the left side, no. 17760 on the front of the triggerguard and no. 179 on the butt. The bottom of the barrel has the government inspector’s initials “R.A.C.”; the cylinder has no visible number or inspector’s initials. The one-piece factory walnut grip has no visible inspector’s initials and is slightly undersized at the butt from refinishing, overall grip condition is very good with a small chip at the right side toe. The metal has scattered pinprick pitting with excellent factory lettering on the barrel and very good condition frame markings. The gripstraps are mostly gray with about 30% of an old reblue mixing with plum patina on the balance of the metal. The 5.5″ barrel has a very good bore and the mechanism functions well with the hammer notches intact. The ejection rod has the later style crescent head. A period heavy brown leather double loop holster with hand-stamped decoration is included. This holster is in very good condition and appears to be unmarked. This fine old Colt was made in 1883 and was originally issued as a 7.5″ barrel Cavalry revolver. Many of these Cavalry revolvers were altered to 5.5″ between 1895 and 1903. This work was done by Springfield Armory and Colt. At that time many revolvers were also refinished and usually no attempts were made to keep the serial numbered parts together. These short barrelled revolvers were referred to as ‘Artillery Models’ and many were used in the Spanish American War and in the Philippines.
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Merwin, Hulbert and Company Medium Frame Double-Action Revolver with extra factory barrel and the original box. #8452, cal. .38 centerfire. The five-shot cylinder and both barrels have matching numbers. One is 2.75″ and the other is 5.5″, both bores have good to very good rifling with some fine corrosion. This variation has the folding hammer spur marked “Pat’d/Jan. 27, 85.” The revolver with the longer barrel installed retains over 90% original nickel-plating with most of the loss in several of the cylinder flutes and several small areas of fine corrosion along the left side of the barrel rib. The shorter barrel retains 98% original nickel- plating. All factory lettering is in excellent condition. The blued trigger guard shows light wear on the sides, the checkered hard rubber birds-head grips have a hairline crack on the top left side and are otherwise in excellent condition. The original dark brown cloth-covered pasteboard box has illustrated instructions printed inside the lid. The box has a pencilled partial serial number remaining on the bottom. The box is worn and has old cellotape repairs, however the cloth cover and printed instructions are intact and a skilled ‘boxman’ would make this somewhat tender box much more serviceable.