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Lot 3175: Blued Remington 1888 Transitional Single Action Army Revolver

Auction Date: December 5, 2021

Exceptional Blued Remington Model 1888 Transitional Single Action Army Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $14,000 - $22,500

Exceptional Blued Remington Model 1888 Transitional Single Action Army Revolver

Manufacturer: E. Remington & Sons
Model: 1888
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44-40 WCF
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: black hard rubber
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 113
Class: Antique
Description:

This scarce and highly desirable Remington Model 1888 Transitional Single Action Army Revolver is one of approximately less than 1,000 manufactured circa 1888-1889, with all recorded serial numbers under 1,000. The Remington Single Action revolvers were a competitor to the Colt Single Action Army. Not to be confused with the Model 1890 that superseded it, examples of the Remington Model 1888 Transitional Single Action Army are scarce and very desirable, and this model has long been an enigma for collectors until proven in an 1889 dated Hartley and Graham catalog where it is illustrated as the "New Model Pocket Army" next to the previous Model 1875. Hartley and Graham assumed control of Remington in 1888 after their bankruptcy, and these revolvers would have been assembled utilizing some leftover parts on hand at the factory. The revolver has a high polish blue finish on the barrel, frame and cylinder. The ejector rod is bright, the hammer has a casehardened finish and the trigger is nitre blue. The barrel is fitted with a nickel-silver front sight blade. The two piece black hard rubber grips are checkered with the Remington, "RA" monogram at the top. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the one-line legend: "E.REMINGTON & SONS. ILION.N.Y. U.S.A.". The caliber designation, "44" (.44-40 WCF) is stamped on the upper left side of the frame. The serial number is located on the left side of the butt underneath the grips. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection

Rating Definition:

Exceptionally fine. The revolver retains 85% of the high polish original blue finish. Most of the finish loss is concentrated on the ejector housing web. There is scattered finish flaking on the cylinder and the sides of the frame and some edge wear on the barrel muzzle. The hammer retains 75% of the original casehardened finish. Most of the niter blue is present on the trigger. The barrel markings are sharp. The professionally made replacement hard rubber grips are fine and show minimal wear. The action is tight and functions perfectly. This is an attractive example of a scarce and highly desirable blued finish Remington Model 1888 Transitional Single Action Army Revolver.



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