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     LOT 1223
Well-Documented Cased Factory Engraved E. Remington & Sons Rider Double Action New Model Belt Percussion Revolver - Serial no. 117, 36 cal., 6 1/2 inch octagon bbl., nickel finish, antique ivory grips. This model was introduced in 1863 based on Joseph Rider’s patented double action design. This example is featured on page 71 of “The Guns of Remington” by Madaus and identified as manufactured c. 1869- 1870. It features stunning engraving with a variety of scroll, wavy line
and dot, entwining line, crosshatch,
gadroon, and shell patterns along
with a “Nimschke star” on the
trigger guard bow. The engraving
may be by famous 19th century
Master Engraver L.D. Nimschke of
New York. He engraved many of the
finest Remington revolvers, and it
may have been used as a factory
exhibition or presentation piece. The
matching Special Order Department
serial number “117” is marked on the
bottom of the barrel, trigger guard finial, left side of the
butt, and inside the grips. The barrel has five-groove
rifling, a half-moon blade front sight, and the three-line
patent and address marking (second line weak, third line not visible). The butt has a removable “KM 216” inventory marking from
the revolver’s time in the well-known Karl Moldenhauer Collection sold back in 1980. The case has brown lining, an Eley cap tin, bird and dog pattern flask with a sloped spout, ball/bullet mold, and cleaning rod.
CONDITION: Extremely fine with crisp engraving, 95% plus original nickel plating remaining, minor flaw near the front of the frame on the left, and generally only light age and storage related wear. The grips are very fine and have minor age lines mainly on the butt and right panel and attractive natural patina and grain. Mechanically excellent. Aside from a few minor cracks, the case is very good and has mild storage wear. The accessories are fine and have mild age and storage related wear. The flask is fine and retains half of the toned original lacquer finish. This is certainly one of the finest engraved Remington-Rider Double Action New Model Belt Revolvers, and it has a pedigree of being in multiple well-known collections.
Provenance: The Karl Moldenhauer Collection; The F. “Slim” Kohler Collection; The Elliott Burka “Mr. Remington” Estate Collection; Property of a Gentleman.
 184 Estimate: 14,000 - 22,500

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