October 30 - November 2, 2018 Firearms, Militaria, & Sporting
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These rifles in 7 x 57 Mauser were supplied to the U. S. S. Niagara, a Navy distillery ship (water purification), built in 1877. For the Spanish American War, it was fitted out by a group of wealthy New Yorkers lead by William Randolph Hearst. The ship was supplied as if she were a yacht, with fancy china and sterling flatware. The crew of 57 included 12 marines. Rifles as well as other accouterments including holsters, cartridge boxes, and belt plates, embossed "Niagara", were supplied. The "Niagara" saw no action at all and was decommissioned in 1898, and sold for scrap a year later. It seems the Navy was happy not to be interfered with by these millionaires. Frances Bannerman ended up with most of the equipment. It seems that the rifles were offered to members of the crew. (see paperwork) This example with 30" round barrel marked "7M - M. S. M." (Spanish Mauser) is fitted with Model 1896 three piece front sight and standard military rear. Hand Guard and forend with bayonet lug and cleaning rod are secured by two bands. Case hardened rolling block action with blued hammer and block has Remington markings on top tang. "NIAGARA" is engraved around top of receiver ring. Straight grip walnut buttstock is fitted with flat steel buttplate and sling loop matching that on front band. There are no military proofs or other markings except for a "U" stamped on front band. Weight: 8 lbs 6 oz. CONDITION: Excellent, original "as found". Barrel retains approximately 90% original blue with flecking and light marks, thinning at muzzle end on left side. Action retains 90- 95% original case hardening color, flecking at grip, thinning a bit on top tang, and with light sharp edge wear. Other blued metal parts are excellent with some flecking and some scratches. Stocks retain most of their original varnish finish with numerous marks, dents, and scratches. Bore is very fine to excellent. Action is crisp. Front band possibly replaced although it fits exceptionally well. A fine condition piece of obscure American history. Only five or six examples have been noted. American Society Bulletin with information on the Niagara and another article (source unknown) "The Remington Rolling Block and the U. S. Military" with additional information, are included. MGM145
Barrel Length
7x57mm Mauser
FFL Status
Length of Pull
13 - 1/2"
Single shot 1896 Rolling Block
Serial Number
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $3,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $10,200.00
Estimate: $7,000 - $10,000
Number Bids: 15
Auction closed on Friday, November 2, 2018.
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