REMINGTON ZOUAVE BAYONET: “US MODEL 1862 CONTRACT RIFLE”

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This is a good example of the brass-hilted sword/saber bayonet for the Remington Model 1862 US Contract Rifle, best known as the “Remington Zouave.” The blade is full length, with good edge and point, and is unmarked, as is correct. The metal is smooth, showing bright metal mixed with thin gray along with some darker gray spots on the reverse near the tip and a darker gray area at the bottom at the base of the fuller and the ricasso. The brass hilt has a dark, untouched patina, showing some thin verdigris on the reverse of the guard on the muzzle ring, midpoint, and quillon disk, with a few light bits on the raised ribs of the grip. The spring and locking button are in place on the guard. The brass has a few light dings, but is not banged up as many are, with the top grip flat being very good and the “BH” inspector stamp very clear.

The Remington company produced their Model 1862 U.S. Contract Rifle from 1863 to 1864, delivering 10,001 to the government (the odd number includes one sample gun.) The rifle acquired its nickname among collectors from beautiful and somewhat fancy appearance, like period zouave uniforms, but their period use is undocumented. This would look good with a Remington rifle, of course, but is also a basic piece in a collection of Civil War bayonets and edged weapons.  [sr][ph:L]

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