This is a very nice example of an early Remington Rolling Block pistol in .50 Rimfire. This was Remington's first pistol using the Rolling Block action. Note the distinctive early style spur trigger as well as the Naval Anchor on the barrel. Produced only from 1866-70, these are rather scarce with an estimated production run of approx. 6,500 units. Over the years, we've encountered a scarce few that could match the condition of this fine specimen. Most seem to have suffered heavily from humidity and salt-mist during service with the US Navy. Although it bears the US Naval Anchor, this particular example lacks any formal naval inspector markings or grip cartouche which leads to a likely conclusion that this rolling block was probably a contract overrun sold on the civilian market which explains the high condition. The left side of the frame is stamped "REMINGTONS ILION NY USA PAT MAY 3D NOV 16TH 1864 APRIL 17TH 1866".
Overall condition grades to NRA Antique Fine+ with 50-60% good discernable case colors on the frame, with the balance mottled into a nice brown patina. Colors are mostly blues, greens, but some reds and yellows are present upon closer inspection. Screws and axis pins still show a fair bit of original blue-violet fire blue. The barrel has full coverage of its original blue showing very little wear. Percentage-wise, due to speckled patina mixing throughout, the overall coverage is somewhere in the vicinity of 70%. Fine grips and fore-end retaining nearly all of their original oil finish. Just a few nicks and small dings present...no cracks, chips, or repairs. Action exhibits perfect mechanics and bore is nearly mint...bright and shiny showing minimal usage. A fine example of an early Naval Model 1865 Remington Rolling Block pistol.