Cased Remington New Model 1858 Army Revolver, Civilian Issue, Accessories
8-Inch Octagon Barrel .44-caliber, Serial Number: 144304, Standard Markings
Brilliant civilian blue finish, fancy figured walnut grips, silver trigger guard…FINE!
The gun has about 85% brilliant civilian blue; only missing on part of the top and top
right flats of the barrel, and some off the cylinder; back strap and front strap retain all
finish…this gun saw little use if any. Beautiful sharp and bright bore. Trigger guard
retains all unpolished silver turning dark gray. Case hardening color remains on trigger.
Action is perfect.
The case is complete, retaining all partitions, and displays the personal mark of the Karl
Moldenhauer Collection, the most famous Remington collector. He numbered his guns
in white lettering under a clear coat of nail polish. This mark is on the brass lock plate
and is still intact. It could be removed with a little acetone or nail polish remover,
however that would be foolish as its presence adds value to the case. Mentioned for
accuracy…the case lid has a very slight lift to the right front corner which closes
instantly when a little weight is put on it. The seams are all solid, with no separations
nor cracks or repairs. Any edge wear, patina, and staining commensurate with age.
There is a scratch as depicted on the front angling down to right of the keyhole.
[The case by itself should be worth about $3500.00]
The correct Remington mold is in great condition - they were never blued but finished in
the white. The cap tin is a special bonus, as it is a U.M.C. & C. C. marked tin. The
Union Metallic Cartridge and Cap Company was the predecessor to the Union Metallic
Cartridge Co (UMC). Very seldom are any of their marked tins or cartridge boxes
encountered! The Dog and Bird flask with correct slanted spout is the exact example for
the Remington Army revolvers, and it is in great condition. The skin packet is also
correctly marked for Remington and Colt Army Revolvers. The packet says it contains
American Powder Co. powder. One edge is open, the powder appears to have sifted
out leaving the balls and paper to move around inside.
Literature: The Karl F. Moldenhauer Collection of Remington Arms at Unreserved Public
Auction, Richard A. Bourne Co., Inc. October 29, 1980; lot 119, also color plate 1.