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Lot 106: Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's Cased Remington New Model Army Revolvers

Auction Date: May 13, 2022

Incredibly Historic, National Treasure, Documented, L.D. Nimschke Master Engraved Remington New Model Army Percussion Revolvers with Patriotic Eagle and Portrait Raised Relief Carved Grips Presented to Commander of the Union Armies and Future President of the United States Ulysses S. Grant

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,000,000 - $3,000,000

A) Remington New Model Army Revolver

Manufacturer: E. Remington & Sons
Model: New Model Army
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44
Barrel: 8 inch octagon
Finish: blue/silver
Grip: raised relief carved antique ivory
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Item Views: 11164
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 72
Class: Antique
Description:

Ulysses S. Grant is one of the most famous Americans of all time and certainly of the 19th century thanks to “Unconditional Surrender Grant’s” important victories during the American Civil War starting with the capture of Fort Donelson, arguably the first significant Union victory of the war, and ending with General Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Grant at Appomattox. Grant’s historic role as President Abraham Lincoln’s hand-picked overall commander of the Union armies and as the savior of the Union during the American Civil War established him as a national hero. He was the first American after only George Washington to be commissioned as lieutenant general. Lincoln liked Grant as a commander because he was aggressive and got results whereas other generals were seen as too cautious or too reluctant to commit their forces fully when necessary to secure victory. After many called for Grant’s removal as commander of the Union Army of the Tennessee, Lincoln is famously reported to have remarked, “I can’t spare this man–he fights.” After the war, Grant was rewarded by becoming the first living “General of the Army” (four-star general, now a five-star rank), and his immense popularity propelled him to the White House as the 18th President of the United States of America. As president, Grant worked to bring the country back together while also struggling to protect the rights of freedmen and women in the South, including using federal military force to try to protect the rule of law. His autobiography completed in 1885 just before his death was published by his friend Mark Twain for the benefit of the Grant family and helped solidify Grant’s enduring legacy as the hero who led the Union to victory and is a true American classic. In it, he offers frank commentary on the Mexican-American War and American Civil War and defended his actions during the latter as necessary for victory and to ultimately reunite the country. He concluded that the Confederate cause was “one of the worst for which a people ever fought, and one for which there was the least excuse.” On the other hand, he also recognized that their cause was truly believed in by his former adversaries, and Grant’s terms of surrender for Robert E. Lee ultimately saved Lee from execution for treason. Given his incredible significance as a military leader and later as president, items owned by Grant are among the most desirable 19th century American artifacts, particularly artifacts presented to, owned by, or used by General Grant during the Civil War. They are tangible connections to one of the United States’ most iconic military leaders and to the Union cause and are naturally highly sought after by Civil War collectors. Ulysses S. Grant’s historic presentation engraved Remington New Model Army revolvers are arguably the most historically significant and valuable Remington firearms of all time and certainly must be considered a “Holy Grail” for Civil War collectors. They were hidden from public view for over a century and a half until they surfaced only a few years ago when they were put on display at the Las Vegas Antique Arms Show in January 2018. The set and their history were discussed in detail in the article "General Grant’s Magnificent Set of Lost Remingtons" by the late firearms author S.P. Fjestad published in the National Rifle Association’s “American Rifleman” that September. The author writes, “Without a doubt, these cased Remingtons constitute the most elaborate and historically significant set of currently known revolvers manufactured during the Civil War.” The revolvers themselves are true works of art on “steel canvases.” While no signature has been found on this pair of revolvers, we do know the identity of the engraver: iconic 19th century Master Engraver Louis D. Nimschke of New York. The pair identified as a gift to the Czar Alexander II of Russia in appreciation for the visit of the Russian fleets to the United States in 1864 and sold in Rock Island Auction Company’s May 2021 Premier Firearms Auction was signed by Nimschke (“N”) and has some of the same exact patterns featured on this revolver. That pair is notably recorded in Nimschke's famous pull-book in detail, and the patterns overall on this historic pair are very similar overall minus the naval anchors and arrows. The barrel engraving on Grant’s revolvers also matches the designs from Nimschke’s pull-book and shown on page 25 of “L.D. Nimschke Firearms Engraver” by R.L. Wilson. The barrels include border designs at the muzzle and breech ends, scroll patterns with punched backgrounds on the sides, entwining bands and floral motifs at the center on the sides and repeated three times on the top, and entwining line motifs on the upper side flats at the breech. The bulk of the engraving on the revolvers consists of Nimschke’s exceptionally well-executed scroll engraving patterns with punched backgrounds. Among the scroll patterns are also floral accents such as the blooms on the left side of the frames at the breech and among the scrollwork on the left side of the frames as well as checkerboard and dot patterns on the right side of the frames and butts. The recoil shields have floral and fan patterns. The top straps have twisted or entwining rope patterns along the sides sighting grooves. Columbia's shield is located behind the hammers followed by "FROM YOUR FRIENDS/O.N. CUTLER. W.C. WAGLEY." down the back straps. The left grip of the first revolver and of the second revolver features an excellent raised relief carved eagle, flags, and Columbian shield patriotic motif that was also used on the grips of the Alexander II revolvers, and the right panel of the first and left panel of the second feature the significant and beautifully executed raised relief carved bust of General Ulysses S. Grant. The choice of Remington’s New Model Army revolvers is also notable. They began production in 1863 and became the second most issued sidearm of the Union Armies during the Civil War. As the latest and greatest in martial sidearms, they were an excellent choice for presentation to the Union’s greatest military hero. Serial numbers "1" and "2" respectively are marked on the bottom of the barrels, inside of the grips, and on the grip frames. The trigger guards were not removed out of caution and immense respect for this historic pair but are clearly original and likely also have "1" and "2" on the rear spurs. The left side of both grip frames have "1" in addition to the respective "1" and "2" on the right side. Whether these are the first two Remington New Model Army revolvers off of the production line or have special custom order numbers is not known. The regular production began around serial number 15000 continuing from the 1861 Army range. The revolvers have the "pinched" blade front sights, "PATENTED SEPT. 14. 1858/E. REMINGTON & SONS. ILION. NEWYORK U.S.A./NEW MODEL" marked on top of the barrels, full blue finish aside from the silver trigger guards and casehardened hammers, and expertly carved and fitted grips. The deluxe rosewood presentation case has a blank lid escutcheon, pheasant and dog pattern powder flask with sloped charger, oiler, blued ball/bullet mold, L-shaped combination tool, cleaning rod, key, and Eley Bros. cap tin. Grant's uniform in the carving on the grips displays the insignia of a two-star general (major general). Grant attained this rank in the volunteers in 1862 after he captured Fort Donelson (RIAC sold his commission for this rank in May of 2021) and then became a major general in the regular army in the fall of 1863. Grant was promoted on March 2, 1864, and became the country's second three-star general (lieutenant general) in history, after only General George Washington. After the war, he became the first living four-star general (General of the Army of the United States/Commanding General of the U.S. Army) on July 25, 1866, and held that position until he resigned when he became president in 1869. These ranks and dates plus the introduction of this model in 1863 suggest the revolvers were presented to Grant in the latter half of 1863 or early 1864. The exact date, location, and circumstances of the presentation of the set remains unknown, but the inscription on the back strap matches the inscriptions on a known pair of Colt Model 1861 Navy revolvers (11756 and 11757) manufactured in 1863 and presented to General James B. McPherson and provide more context for the presentation. Given the evidence available, it is likely the revolvers were presented to Grant sometime in the second half of 1863 or early 1864 after he captured Vicksburg on the Fourth of July in 1863 and thus secured the length of the Mississippi River for the Union. The pair was presented by Otis Nelson Cutler and William C. Wagley, both veterans of the Mexican-American War. Wagley was a 2nd lieutenant in the 3rd Dragoons, and Cutler was a captain in the Massachusetts Regiment of Volunteers. The included pages from “A Cutler Memorial and Genealogical History” lists Cutler as enlisting as an orderly sergeant in the 1st Mass. Volunteers in 1846 under General Taylor and later being promoted to captain. He formed a company of men to explore for gold in California where he met with success. He later built a home on the family farm in Lewiston, Maine, and was contracted for the building of the Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad in Missouri and moved there and became the superintendent of the railroad and lived in Hannibal. At the end of the Civil War, Cutler was assigned as a special treasury agent stationed at New Orleans. Wagley remained active in the river trade in Louisiana after the war and is recorded as commanding steamboats running to Mobile and Montgomery in at least 1865 and 1866. Fjestad concluded this incredible cased pair was “a ‘thank you’ for a wartime cotton-smuggling scheme” and that Cutler and Wagley most likely ordered these revolvers through Schuyler, Hartley & Graham of New York City, the largest dealers in the country at the time. The retailer then contracted L.D. Nimschke, also of New York City, to execute the incredible embellishment on the pair. “The overall cost of the extravagant gift was no more than $400, with the revolvers’ original value at about $12 each. The set could have either been picked up or delivered to a specific location as per Cutler and Wagley’s request.” Period sources including newspapers, Senate records, and Grant’s own papers link Grant and McPherson to Cutler and Wagley via the cotton trade in 1863. However, Grant’s participation is not as nefarious as Fjestad’s comments imply, but, regardless of whether or not Grant’s involvement in the trade was legal and truly disinterested or evenhanded, these beautiful presentation engraved, carved, and inscribed revolvers certainly smack of a bribe much in the way other gifts during his presidency were later called out as evidence of Grant’s supposed corruption. Like the claims of corruption that dogged him as president, the truth is more complicated and unlikely as dark as his detractors suggest. By 1863, Grant was already a Union hero following his famous victory at Fort Donelson, the Union’s first significant victory of the war, in February of 1862 along with the victory of the Army of the Tennessee over the Confederacy at the bloody Battle of Shiloh in April of 1862, the bloodiest battle in American history up to that point. Combined with the capture of New Orleans on May 1, 1862, the Union controlled the northern stretch of the Mississippi River and the mouth, but the Confederacy still retained control of Vicksburg in between. The fortified city on a bend in the Mississippi became the main target for Grant and had the potential to end the war. The river was the key mode of transportation for the region, including for the lucrative trade in cotton. While cotton was a key cash crop in the South, it was a key raw material for northeastern industry. Grant established programs putting runaway slaves to work in camps picking cotton that could be shipped up river and sold to fund the Union war effort and to produce needed supplies. Moving the cotton out of the South under Union contract also helped prevent the South’s most valuable cash crop from being used to fund the Confederate war effort. The runaways were compensated for their work under this plan, and some of the proceeds were also used to provide food, clothing, and shelter. This plan was approved by President Lincoln. The trade in cotton in Union controlled territory was regulated by Union officers and agents of the U.S. Treasury. Grant and his officers were in charge of granting trade licenses for his district. The legal trade provided cover for illegal trade, and there were widespread reports of bribes, corruption, and illegal trade. The Secretary of War was told, “Every colonel, captain or quartermaster is in a secret partnership with some operator in cotton; every soldier dreams of adding a bale of cotton to his monthly pay.” Though many Union officers were corrupt and profited through involvement in both legal and illegal trade in cotton during the war, evidence shows that Grant found the whole business to be an annoying distraction from his primary military objective: capturing Vicksburg. Grant’s own father was involved in the affairs and came down river with two businessmen intent on getting a contract for cotton and splitting profits. Had Grant been inclined to corruption and self-dealing, he certainly could have played along. Instead, he was furious and sent the men back north as soon as he learned of their plans. In response to all the corruption surrounding cotton in his district, Grant also gave his most controversial order in late 1862: General Order No. 11. Under this order, Jewish residents were expelled from Grant’s district because blamed them in part for the illicit cotton trade. Lincoln eventually reversed the order after outcry, but not before many Jewish residents had been expelled. Frustrated with dealing with the cotton trade, Grant moved to significantly curtail it all together. News reports from the period provide important evidence for both Grant’s efforts to limit the cotton trade and his connection to the men who presented the revolvers. The Daily Missouri Republican on February 18, 1863, noted: “It is unfortunately too true that many of our officers have been unable to resist the wonderful temptation of the cotton trade. The demoralization has been well nigh checked below by the orders of Gen. Grant, which will not allow any cotton to be shipped North, nor even bought, until Vicksburg is taken.” Coincidentally, this article appears next to an advertisement for “Remington’s Army & Navy Revolvers” noting they had been approved by the U.S. Board of Ordnance. “The Nashville Daily Union” on April 25, 1863, in an article from “Correspondence of the Cincinnati Gazette. Young’s Point, LA., April 7.” about “King Cotton” directly references both Grant and one of the men who presented these revolvers. The article notes that Grant had announced he would not allow cotton to go upriver until Vicksburg was taken but that some cotton was being shipped nonetheless. “A Breckenridge Democrat, whose loyalty is like that of the Enquirer, has had a contract for picking and bailing cotton in the vicinity of Lake Providence, - This gentleman, Wagley by name, who hails from Warsaw, Ill. Has most emphatically ‘struck ile.’ How much cotton he has sent North, I do not know, but I do know that five hundred bales are now awaiting shipment at Lake Providence and Berry’s Landing. It is a matter of comment that his cotton has been gathered already baled, from the plantations in the vicinity, and that not one-tenth of it is really picked and ginned under his superintendence. Another individual of the same stripe had nearly succeeded in getting a similar contract for the region in the vicinity of Gen. McClernand, but his plan was overthrown by that officer himself. He is now endeavoring to obtain an order from Gen. Grant over Gen. McClernand’s head, and it is feared that he will succeed.” Page 328 from “The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant” included with the set provides more details of direct cooperation of Grant and McPherson with Wagley: “On April 1, USG wrote to Capt. Ashley R. Eddy. ‘The cotton detained by you one half of which was for Government and the other for Mr. Wagley is a part of some cotton abandoned in the field and picked by Mr. Wagly [sic] under an arrangement made with him by Genl McPherson. The one half can be released to Mr. Wagley.’…When William C. Wagley wrote that Col. William S. Hillyer, provost marshal at Memphis, threatened to seize his cotton, Rawlins endorsed the letter. ‘This contract was made by with Mr. Wagely [sic] in the utmost good faith and must be respected. You will therefore not interfere with shipment of cotton by seizures or otherwise, unless you pass satisfactory evidence of a violation of the contract on Mr Wagely’s [sic] part, mere suspicions will not suffice.’” This clearly provides a link between Grant and McPherson and Wagley’s role in the cotton trade, but what about Cutler? “Senate Documents, Volume 254” includes an additional important report for the context of this cased set that ties all of the men together. It notes “The Committee on Claims, to whom was referred the claim of O.N. Cutler, have examined the same and submit the following as their report:” It states that William C. Wagley later identified as a citizen of Illinois had a March 5, 1863, contract signed by Assistant Quartermaster John G. Klinck “for picking, ginning, and bailing of cotton then growing on the lands about Lake Providence, in the State of Louisiana, which had been abandoned by the rebel owners and occupants, and then lately brought within permanent Union lines by the advance and occupancy of the federal forces. This contract was approved by Major General McPherson, commanding that district.” The report notes that half of the cotton was to be government property and the other half Wagley’s and that Wagley would be allowed to have his cotton shipped by the government to Memphis. On April 3, Wagley assigned his interest over to O.N. Cutler of Hannibal, Missouri. Cutler then delivered “a large amount of cotton” at Lake Providence and took his assigned half. General Grant had his quartermaster seize Cutler’s cotton to use it to protect the machinery on the steamer Tigress for a run of the Confederate blockade at Vicksburg. Captain B. F. Reno recorded this amounted to 268 bales. Cutler claimed they weighed 113,900 pounds in total and had a total value of $62,645. The report concludes with a recommendation that $50,000 be appropriated by Congress to pay for this seized cotton. This evidence clearly demonstrates that Grant and McPherson were involved in at least one valuable contract for southern cotton that served to net Wagley and Cutler considerable profits. It also shows that Grant actually seized at least one shipment of cotton as part of his efforts to capture Vicksburg. Grant’s revolvers may have been specifically presented in response to his capture of Vicksburg which gave the Union essentially full command of the Mississippi River and would have opened the river up to more trade and reduced the risks for men like Wagley and Cutler shipping cotton and other goods up and down the river. Unfortunately no documentation has been found detailing when and where Grant and McPherson were presented their respective sets, but the information at hand certainly suggests that Wagley and Cutler presented the Union generals their respective pairs of incredible revolvers as a thank you for their assistance in the cotton trade. On the Fourth of July, 1863, Grant’s forces captured Vicksburg and Pemberton’s approximately 30,000 strong army. The day prior, Pickett’s charge had been repulsed at Gettysburg, and Robert E. Lee’s defeated army limped back to Virginia. Together, the Union victories in the East and West marked the ascent of the Union’s fortunes and the decline of the Confederate cause. Grant was promoted by President Lincoln to major general in the regular army and given command of the new Division of the Mississippi on October 16, 1863. His decisive victory in the Chattanooga Campaign in November opened the South up for attack and earned Grant more national fame. He received his famous horse Cincinnati in response to this victory. On March 2, 1864, Grant was promoted to lieutenant general and given command of all of the Union armies. As noted above, only George Washington had previously held this rank. Grant was formally commissioned by Lincoln on March 8 in a Cabinet meeting and worked more closely with the president for the remainder of the war. With Grant in charge, Lincoln expected Union forces to relentlessly pursue and defeat the Confederacy and finally bring the bloody war to a close. Grant directed the Union armies in pursuit of Robert E. Lee into Virginia and worked towards capturing the Confederate capital at Richmond and Petersburg to the South. He kept his men in near continual contact with the Confederate lines and slowly wore them down at a great cost in blood on both sides. Petersburg and Richmond finally fell into Union hands on April 3, 1865. Lee retreated with part of his army to fight another day, but Union victory in the war was close at hand, and Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox Court House less than a week later on April 9. Grant gave Lee and his men rather lenient terms, including parole and a guarantee that the men would “not to be disturbed by U.S. authority so long as they observe their paroles and the laws in force where they may reside." Grant saw this as the end of the war. As such, the former Confederates were now their countrymen again not the enemy. He even allowed the Confederates to keep their sidearms and horses and helped provide Lee’s bedraggled men with much needed provisions. Most of the remaining Confederate resistance ended by the end of the month with Johnston's surrender on April 26, 1865. The final surrenders were completed a month later. By securing victory for the Union, Ulysses S. Grant provided the basis for national reunification and established himself as a national hero. He remained commander of the armies as the country began reconstruction. He was honored on July 25, 1866, when Congress promoted Grant to the newly created rank of General of the Army of the United States. Grant broke with President Johnson over the latter’s lenient policy towards the South. Congress had guaranteed Grant’s control of the U.S. Army by passing the Command of the Army Act. After Secretary of War Stanton was illegally fired by Johnson, Grant was appointed as interim Secretary of War, but when Congress reinstated Stanton, Grant stepped aside infuriating the president who was soon impeached in relation to the whole affair but narrowly not convicted. In 1868, Grant was unanimously nominated by the Republican National Convention as the party’s candidate for president and won the election. As president, he oversaw both reconstruction and reunification and the ongoing Indian Wars in the West. He sought to protect southern Republicans and African-Americans both through additional legal protections and by deploying the cavalry back into the South to counteract the Ku Klux Klan and other lawless groups. As president, he also signed the legislation that established Yellowstone National Park. Though he succeeded in winning a second term in office, claims of corruption and other scandals Grant diminished his power in the South and renewed conflict undermined his peace efforts in the West. In regards to the latter, the discovery of gold in the Black Hills led to the Great Sioux War and Custer’s famous defeat at the Battle of Little Bighorn. Grant blamed Custer, not the tribes, for the affair, but Grant had followed the advice of General Sherman, his hand-picked successor to command the army, including not prosecuting those who trespassed on native land and the extermination of the bison on the Great Plains which led to an escalation of the conflicts. Grant initially declined to run for a third term and instead returned to civilian life in 1877 for the first time since the outbreak of the Civil War, but he made a run for the Republican nomination again in 1880. Many of his post-presidential business ventures ended in failure destroying his finances, and he sold many of his valuable Civil War relics in the 1880s to pay his debts, but as laid out in Fjestad’s article, these incredible Remington New Model Army revolvers remained with the Grant family for decades. Grant may have already given the pair to one of his sons. They are believed to have been brought to California in the late 19th century by either Ulysses Grant Jr. or Jesse Grant II. The two brothers ran the U.S. Grant Hotel in San Diego together in the early 20th century. Jesse Grant II was the last surviving child of General Grant’s and died in 1934. Many of the U.S. Grant artifacts were eventually passed on to Ulysses S. Grant V, but not these. They were reported to have been given as payment to a handyman who worked on the Jesse Grant home (also known as the Julia Grant home) around the time of the Great Depression. That man kept the revolvers for many years. The family was eventually convinced to sell the revolvers in 1976 after many years of pursuit by a collector. A notarized statement from Richard Hatch dated January 6, 2022, accompanies the set and notes that his father had been pursuing these revolvers in the early 1960s when they were in the possession of Mel Reynolds of San Diego. His father stayed in regular contact with Reynolds after learning of the revolver around the 1950s and reminded him of his interest in the revolvers and purchased them after around 20 years in 1976. Reynolds was the son of the handyman that had received the revolvers from the Grant family. Per the statement, they were payment for work on "the 'Grant House' near the Park. The Park being Balboa Park in San Diego. Years later I found out by the 'Grant House' he meant he Julia Dent Grant House at 6th and Quince." Hatch indicates he drove his father on December 26, 1976, to purchase the guns at Bill Reynold's house in San Diego. As documented in an included sales receipt dated "Dec. 26, '76," Bill and Mel Reynold’s "Received from Frank L. Hatch $1,500 for a pair of engraved Remington pistols.” A letter from Mel Reynolds discussing the sale is also included noting that his brother lived in El Cajon just east of San Diego. At that time, it appears these men did not know the revolvers had been originally presented to General Grant during the Civil War. Hatch, a resident of San Diego, kept his new treasures guarded, but he did begin researching the men whose names are inscribed on the back straps with help from his wife but little luck as demonstrated by the included correspondence with the Smithsonian, West Point, the U.S. Army History Institute, NRA’s American Rifleman, and R.L. Wilson. Through these sources and his own research, he was able to find some details about the men who presented the revolvers, including their service in the Mexican-American War. Perhaps the most important information he uncovered is that gleaned from copies of pages he obtained from “The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant” in the early 1980s that provided clues as to the connection between Grant, Wagley, and McPherson relating to cotton discussed above. When he died in 1987, the revolvers remained with his wife until she moved into a care facility in 2002 when they transfered into the possession of their son Richard who then inherited the pair when his mother passed in 2013. The remained hidden for several more years until they were put on display for the very first time in Las Vegas in 2018. After our catalog had gone to press, we received subsequent confirmation of this pair of historic revolvers' provenance from the Grant family in the form of an April 20, 2022, dated letter from Millard W. Grant of Republic, Missouri. It states: "RE: The cased pair of engraved Remington New Model Army revolvers presented to U.S. Grant - #1 and #2 My father, Ulysses S. Grant V, mentioned many times over his life that he had viewed 'a pair of highly engraved revolvers with highly ornate grips and wooden presentation box' which were given to his great-grandfather and namesake President U.S. Grant. Having myself known about these revolvers' existence for many years, I have been waiting for them to reappear. My father had viewed these revolvers at his grandmother Elizabeth Chapman Grant's house on 6th & Quince in San Diego, known as the Julia Dent Grant House. Elizabeth Chapman Grant was the first wife of Pres. Grant's son Jesse R. Grant II, and remained in the house until her death in 1945, even though she had divorced from Jess Grant II, who died in 1934. My father eventually received many items of Pres. Grant's that had passed down, but these revolvers were already out of the Grant family. I was also aware of a handyman that worked at the Grant House during Elizabeth Chapman Grant's time there. I myself visited the house on 6th & Quince many times in my youth, after Elizabeth Chapman Grant had already passed." Now, for the very first and possibly last time, this pair of incredible Remington revolvers inscribed from two businessmen involved in the cotton trade during the war, beautifully embellished by Master Engraver L.D. Nimschke and carved with the bust of General Ulysses S. Grant on the grips are publicly available at auction for the very first and possibly last time.

Rating Definition:

Excellent with crisp engraving throughout, 90% plus bright original high polish blue finish, nearly all of the original case colors on the hammer, 95% plus of the bright original niter blue on the trigger, an untouched dark aged patina on the silver plating which remains mostly intact on the trigger guard, some patches of minor oxidation mainly on the hammer, smooth brown patina where the blue has flaked, and mild storage wear including a light cylinder drag line. The grips are also excellent and have crisp raised relief carving, attractive natural tones and grain, some dings and mild edge wear, and minor age stress lines visible on the butts. The case is very fine and has light aged patina on the nickel-silver lid escutcheon and corner protectors, light dings and scratches, and rather minimal fading and contact wear on the interior. The accessories are very fine and have minor wear from age and storage and retain the majority of their original finish.



B) Remington New Model Army Revolver

Manufacturer: E. Remington & Sons
Model: New Model Army
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44
Barrel: 8 inch octagon
Finish: blue/silver
Grip: raised relief carved antique ivory
Stock:
Item Views: 11164
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 72
Class: Antique
Description:

See "A."

Rating Definition:

Excellent with crisp engraving throughout, 90% plus bright original high polish blue finish, 95% plus original case colors on the hammer, an equal amount of the bright original niter blue on the trigger, an untouched dark aged patina on the trigger guard which retains essentially all of the original silver plating, patches of oxidation mainly on the cylinder and grip straps, smooth brown patina in the areas where the finish has flaked or faded, and generally only minor storage wear including a thin cylinder drag line. The grips are also excellent and have crisp raised relief carving, attractive natural tones and grain, some dings and mild edge wear, and minor circular age stress lines visible on the butts. This incredible pair of Nimschke engraved New Model Army revolvers are the most valuable and historic Civil War Remington revolvers in existence and certainly rank among the rarest and most valuable of all 19th century American firearms. This is an incredible and likely once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own not one but two historic revolvers presented to the Commander of the Union Armies: General Ulysses S. Grant.



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