Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3308: Civil War U.S. Remington "Model 1863 Zouave" Percussion Rifle

Auction Date: December 5, 2021

Very Fine Civil War U.S. Remington Model 1863 "Zouave" Percussion Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,600 - $2,500

Very Fine Civil War U.S. Remington Model 1863 "Zouave" Percussion Rifle

Manufacturer: Remington Arms Inc
Model: 1863-Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 58
Barrel: 33 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 308
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 169
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. The stock flat has two script letter cartouches. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine. The barrel retains 85% professionally restored blue finish with thinning to brown on the balance. The lock and hammer retain 95% plus refurbished case colors. The brass has an attractive mellow appearance. The re-oiled stock is very fine with a divot in the wrist, some minor dings and scratches, and two crisp cartouches. Mechanically excellent.

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