Remington Engraved Firearms – 1946 to 1980

by Gene Myszkowski

The story of engraved Remington firearms begins with
the company’s earliest arms for the civilian market in
the years just preceding the Civil War. These included
the Remington-Beals 1st, 2nd and 3rd Model Pocket Revolvers,
the Remington-Rider Double-Action Pocket Pistol, and the
Rider Parlor Pistol. Simple scroll engraving was put on some
of these pistols, but the names of the engravers are lost to
history. The company began producing large frame martial
revolvers in late 1860, and occasionally some of these were
embellished with various degrees of factory engraving.


Eliphalet Remington II, the founder of E. Remington
& Sons died in July 1861, and his three sons took over
management of the business. The practice of engraving
standard production pistols and revolvers continued through
the war years and in the years that followed. As the company
began selling rifles, some of these were also engraved –
sometimes with just a few embellishments, and sometimes
profusely engraved to impress the recipient.

By all accounts, he was a practical man, and rarely
gave away embellished firearms to influential persons – unlike
his competitor, Col. Samuel Colt, who brought marketing and
showmanship to a whole new level. Compared to Colt,
Remington was new at marketing, having entered the pistol
and revolver field in the late 1850s. The number of embel-
lished and engraved revolvers given away by Colt eclipse the
very few given away by Remington.


The very few production records that still exist from the 19th
century do not mention engravers, nor do they tell us
whether Remington had in-house engravers working in Ilion.
It is highly probable that E. Remington & Sons did employ
factory engravers, and kept them busy engraving all sorts of
pistols, rifles and double-barrel shotguns.
E. Remington & Sons issued full catalogs and
Illustrated Price Lists beginning in 1870. Only scarce refer-
ence was ever made to engraved firearms, and it is a wonder

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how a customer would ever know that highly engraved arms were available
from America’s Oldest Gunmaker. It would not be until the 1890s that Remington
Arms Company catalogs would offer an array of engraved Model 1894 shotguns.
After the turn-of-the-century, Remington began offering different grades of
autoloading shotguns (later called the Model 11), Model 10 pump-action shotguns,
autoloading high-power rifles (later called the Model 8), and Model 12
slide-action 22 rifles. The workmanship, the quality of wood, and the degree
of engraving went up with the grade of firearm… along with the price.

Remington 1910 Catalog

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