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Remington-Keene Navy Rifle & Bayonet

.45-70 caliber, 29.25" round barrel secured by two barrel bands, no S/N. Blued finish, walnut stock, adjustable ladder rear sight. Top of bolt marked in three lines: E. REMINGTON & SONS. ILION, NY. / PAT. FEB 24, MCH. 17, 1874. JAN. 18 / SEPT. 26, 1876. MCH 20. JULY 31, 1877. Breech marked with weak US / {anchor} and with P/WWK inspection marks. Sling swivel in toe of stock, upper band with both sling and stacking swivels. Jag head cleaning rod in channel on reverse of stock. Includes a correct pattern socket bayonet and a M1873 scabbard with a USN swivel rosette.

The Remington-Keene rifle was unique among US military arms as it combined the modern bolt operated action with a tubular magazine and an exposed hammer. It was believed that the hammer made the new bolt action rifle easier for recruits to understand, as it provided visual confirmation that the action was cocked. In 1880, the US Navy acquired 250 of these rifles, to serve alongside the previously adopted Hotchkiss rifle and the newly ordered Lee design. Service records for these rifles are scant, and it is believed that they were primarily used by Marine contingents aboard ships such as the wooden screw steamer USS Trento and the Navy's first iron-hulled warship USS Michigan. With only 250 of the rifles procured, this is one of the rarest of the late 19th-century US martial naval long arms. Due to the harsh condition to which naval small arms are often subjected, when these rifles are found they are often in rough condition.

Condition:

About good overall. Rifle retains some original finish on the receiver, with the barrel appearing to have some old added finish, showing a dark bluish-black patina with scattered mottling of darker surface oxidation, light pinpricking and some minor pitting. Inspection marks at the breach are light due to an old cleaning. Mechanically functional, bore is good, dark and dirty, with visible rifling and evenly distributed light to moderate pitting along its length. Stock is shows numerous cracks and repairs in the forend, with added finish, a repaired chip at the wrist behind the tang and some chipping at the toe. Bayonet is about good, as is scabbard.

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$2,520
09/12/2018

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