Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1197: Civil War U.S. Remington Model 1863 "Zouave" Percussion Rifle

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Civil War U.S. Remington Model 1863 "Zouave" Percussion Rifle with Saber Bayonet

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,250 - $3,500

Civil War U.S. Remington Model 1863 "Zouave" Percussion Rifle with Saber Bayonet

Manufacturer: Remington Arms Inc
Model: 1863-Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 58
Barrel: 33 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 314
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 89
Class: Antique

12,501 of these rifles are estimated to have been manufactured by Remington during the Civil War for the Union. Government records listed them as "Harpers Ferry Pattern" rifles, and they have similarities to both the Model 1841 and Model 1855 rifles that were manufactured at Harpers Ferry prior to the Civil War but are a unique pattern. The Model 1863 "Zouave" nickname is of unclear origins, and whether or not any of these rifles saw use in the war remains unclear and debated. This is a standard "1863" dated example and includes a spare nipple, pick and worm in the patch box. The barrel and lock are both dated "1863." The stock flat has two script letter cartouches. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. With a C.S. Storms leather sling, saber bayonet featuring 20 inch long blade along with a leather and brass scabbard. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine. The barrel retains 85% slightly faded original blue finish with a noticeable patch of pitting visible behind the rear sight. Half of the faded original case colors remain on the hammer and lock. The brass has an attractive appearance. The reoiled wood is also fine with some minor handling marks and crisp cartouches. The bayonet is fine with a bright blade. The scabbard is also fine with some age cracking on the leather and overall bright fittings. Mechanically excellent.

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