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Lot 179: U.S. Navy Remington Jenks "Mule Ear" Maynard Tape Primer Carbine

Auction Date: September 10, 2021

Excellent U.S. Navy Remington Contract Jenks "Mule Ear" Breech Loading Percussion Carbine with Maynard Patent Tape Primer Device

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,500 - $5,500

Excellent U.S. Navy Remington Contract Jenks "Mule Ear" Breech Loading Percussion Carbine with Maynard Patent Tape Primer Device

Manufacturer: Remington Arms Inc
Model: Jenks Mule Ear Carbine
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 54
Barrel: 24 1/4 inch round
Finish: brown/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 390
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 132
Class: Antique

E. Remington & Sons purchased machinery and a U.S. Navy contract for 1,000 Jenks carbines with Maynard tape primers from Ames Manufacturing Company and manufactured these carbines circa 1847-48. The distinguishing features of the Jenks-Remington include the Maynard tape primer and the "REMINGTON'S/HERKIMER/N.Y." marking on the lock plate. Marked "1/32" on the underside of the breech lever, "204" underneath the tape primer cover, "W JENKS" parallel to the bore on the barrel at the breech followed by "U.S.N./RP/P/1847/CAST-STEEL" perpendicular to the bore ahead of the oval loading port, and some small "P" marks on a few of the components. The oval loading opening found on many of these carbines was an alteration of the earlier round opening and was designed to facilitate the use of paper cartridge rather than loose balls and powder. The bore was also rifled at this time. Boxed script "RP" (Richard Paine) cartouche on the left of the stock opposite the lock. The Jenks is unique in that it is the only side hammer weapon officially used by the U.S. military. Other features include the integral blade front sight on the foremost of the two brass barrel bands, the integral notch sight on the top of the lever, brass trigger guard with saddle ring, and the brass buttplate. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Excellent, retains 95% plus original brown finish with some light scratches. Retains 85% attractive original case colors. The brass retains an original bright patina. The stock is also excellent with attractive original raised wood grain, defined edges, some light scratches and dents, and a crisp cartouche. Mechanically excellent. An excellent example of a scarce Remington Navy Jenks carbine that would make a fine addition to any U.S. Martial collection!

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