Please note: Estimate should be $12,500 – $17,500.
RARE REMINGTON SPLIT BREECH DERRINGER RIFLE.
SN 2872. Cal 22. Rare pocket rifle built on a number 2 vest pocket derringer frame with 16-1/8″ oct to rnd bbl with Stevens globe front sight that has pin insert and nickel silver blade on top. Rear sight is a miniature Remington semi-buckhorn style. Frame is nickeled and mounted with smooth 2-pc “certifiable antique ivory” grips. Accompanied by its orig skeleton wire stock which screws into the backstrap and is secured to the buttstrap with a screw which is a replacement for the orig knurled thumb screw. Pistol was created by sleeving the orig bbl root with the longer bbl, leaving the 2-line Remington address on top flat. There is considerable controversy about the authenticity of these pistol carbines with two schools of thought, one of which posits that they were created by factory employees on their own time or by a very skilled 19th century gunsmith. Conversation with Roy Marcot, renowned Remington historian and author, disclosed that there is one of these pistol-rifles in the Official Remington Museum. It is his contention that Remington would not display something not produced in their factory or that was made by an outside source. Although he did say there are some ancient weapons in the museum not made by Remington. However, to the best of his knowledge only those weapons manufactured by E. Remington & Sons from the time of Eliphalet Remington in the late 1840s would have been retained in the original Remington Arms Collection. Regardless they are a very interesting and unique item, very seldom ever encountered. No two items are known to be exactly identical although the stock attaching system is like two others being sold elsewhere in this auction. PROVENANCE: The Elliott Burka Estate Collection. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our "Ivory Position Statement" and the "Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object." This information is located in the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 80% dull blue with sharp edge wear and some surface discoloration. Frame retains most of a restored nickel finish with nicks & scratches on both sides. Left grip has a chipped toe and both grips have age lines with a fine mellow ivory patina on left side and a golden ivory color on the right side. Mechanics are fine; strong bright bore, frosty in the grooves. Stock is fine. 49662-1 JR193 IVORY (8,000-15,000) – Lot 3281
Auction: Firearms - October 2015
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