Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3318: Civil War Era U.S. Contract Remington Model 1863 'Zouave'

Auction Date: September 9, 2018

Civil War Era U.S. Contract Remington Model 1863 "Zouave" Percussion Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,500 - $4,750

Civil War Era U.S. Contract Remington Model 1863 "Zouave" Percussion Rifle

Manufacturer: Remington Arms Inc
Model: 1863-Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 58 percussion
Barrel: 33 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 526
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 131
Class: Antique

Remington only manufactured approximately 12,501 of these Model 1863 "Harpers Ferry Pattern" rifles under government contracts during the Civil War. They are a blend of Model 1841 "Mississippi" and Model 1855 rifle attributes. Both of those models were previously manufactured by Remington and Harpers Ferry. None are known to have been issued to units during the Civil War despite these rifles' high quality. This example has the standard markings and features and is dated "1863" on the lock and barrel. The stock has crisp "HDJ" (Henry D. Jennings) and "BH" ( Benjamin Hannis) cartouches.

Rating Definition:

Very fine. 90% plus of the lightly faded original blue finish and dark case colors remain. The brass fittings have an attractive aged patina. There are some minor spots of oxidation, primarily on the hammer, and some scattered dings and light scratches. The stock is also very fine and has some slight chipping at the tail of the lock and edges of the forearm, minor dings, and some scrapes. The lock functions fine.

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