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Lot 278: Remington-Lee 1885 U.S. Navy Contract Bolt Action Magazine Rifle

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Scarce Remington-Lee Model 1885 U.S. Navy Contract Bolt Action Magazine Rifle with Bayonet

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,000

Scarce Remington-Lee Model 1885 U.S. Navy Contract Bolt Action Magazine Rifle with Bayonet

Manufacturer: Remington Arms Inc
Model: Lee-Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 45-70 Government
Barrel: 32 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 429
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 152
Class: Antique

There were approximately 3,956 Model 1885 Remington-Lee bolt action rifles delivered on U.S. Navy contract between 1889-1893. The top of the receiver is marked "U.S.N./naval anchor/No 1523/W.W.K." The latter marking is the inspection initials of Lt. William Wirt Kimball. The left top flat of the receiver is marked with the standard two line markings "REMINGTON ARMS COMPANY, ILION, N.Y. U.S.A./SOLE MANUFACTURERS AND AGENTS" followed by the serial number "50692", and the left side at center is marked "PATENTED NOV. 4TH 1879". An "H" in a star Navy inspection stamp is marked on the left of the breech end of the barrel and left side rear of the receiver. It has a standard length round barrel fitted with an "RL" marked Springfield buckhorn rear sight graduated from 100-500 yards on the side of the base and 600-1,200 yards on the ladder, and a military blade/bayonet stud front sight. It has a standard full length straight grip walnut stock stamped with rack number "147" ahead of the buttplate. It is complete with an original magazine with two grooves on the side and a slotted cleaning rod. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes US socket bayonet, metal scabbard, US brass/leather frog, and period leather sling. For information on Model 1885 Remington-Lee bolt action rifles, reference pages 44-52 and 96 of the book "The Remington-Lee Rifle" by Eugene Myszkowski. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good, retaining 30% original blue finish strongest on the bands, rear sight, edges of the receiver and bolt body, with brown patina on the balance and some scattered light dings. Stock is also very good with scattered scratches and dents and some mild chips. Mechanically excellent. Included bayonet and scabbard are very fine, frog is very good, and sling is fine.

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