This is one of 5 known Remington Eddystone M1917 Exhibition Grade Rifles that were presented by Mr. C. H. Schlacks who was Chairman of the Board of Eddystone Munitions Company. This July, 1918 special production rifle was presented to Mr. John A. Topping who was at the time, the President of the very famous Republic Steel, one of the firms that provided Eddystone with the raw steel to produce these rifles.
This rifle is a stunning example of what a Service Rifle could be when interpreted as a piece of 20th century industrial art. Other than the exhibition grade walnut stock, the rifle is a standard production textbook example July, 1918 production rifle with all of the correct “E” for Eddystone marked parts. Only a very small number of these rifles were ever assembled; Woodrow Wilson received serial #1 and other known examples were sent to the Chairman of Remington Arms and the President of Midvale Steel. This is a MUST HAVE piece for the advanced WWI collector, and any student of America’s 20th Century Wartime Industrial output.