After I posted this last evening, I remembered that Remington and UMC merged in 1912. As I searched around the net this morning to find out when in 1912 I found the following quote:
Alexander Rose’s book, “American Rifle” :
“By the time of Samuel’s (Remington) death in 1882 Remington was again deeply submerged in debt and went into receivership, whence it was bought out by Marcellus Hartley’s UMC in 1888 for the knockdown price of $200,000.”
This makes it sound like Marcellus Hartley owned both companies from 1888 until 1912 when they were merged. It appears Remington made arms and UMC made ammunition. UMC was headquartered in Bridgeport before the merger. The following quote from Wikipedia provides the early days of UMC:
The New York sporting goods firm of Schuyler, Hartley & Graham purchased two small New England cartridge manufacturers in 1866. Machinery from the Crittenden & Tibbals Manufacturing Company of South Coventry, Connecticut, and from C.D. Leet of Springfield, Massachusetts, was moved to Bridgeport where ammunition production began as the Union Metallic Cartridge & Cap Company until the operation was incorporated as Union Metallic Cartridge Company in September 1867.
in 1912 Bridgeport became Remington’s Corporate HQ, though weapon manufacturing stayed in Ilion NY.
Given the date on this box, it must have been among the first ammunition boxes to bear the Remington name. I would not be surprised if the original ammunition in the box was also headstamped UMC. I guess the rounds currently in the box could actually been original and the use of this box a mistake, but that seems like a pretty remote possibility.
Does anyone have a similar UMC box, or a box like the one above (regardless of whether it is SP or HP or FMJ)? It would be interesting to compare the date codes.
Finally, does anyone have the actual date, or at least the month of the Remington-UMC merger??