[quote]Note that the July 1, 1892 “black powder only” ad states at the bottom “For Sale by/ John P. Lovell Arms Co./Boston, Mass.”
Could this be a Lovell produced ad based on older UMC [originally typed Remington which is incorrect] data, perhaps several years old and mostly reused from earlier Lovell ads, rather than an ad directly from UMC with their latest information? I believe that Lovell may have been a distributor or wholesaler in addition to a retail dealer.[/quote]
John, this list had up to date information, because before its publication a partial copy of the same was submitted by UMC to Forest and Stream magazine and published on June 30, 1892.
The booklet titled “New Chapter in an Old History” describing the merger of Remington and UMC is from 1912.[/quote]
Jochem, these companies combined their names on February 1, 1911 as the “Remington Arms-Union Metallic Cartridge Co.”, but the formal merge didn’t ocurred until January 15, 1916, when the company was incorporated as “The Remington Arms Union Metallic Cartridge Co., Inc.”
I have read in various sources that these two companies combined their marketing as early as 1908 -based on their combined price lists-, or that combined advertisement was rare until about 1910, but this depends on the sources you are looking at. For example, there are correlative one-page ads in sources as early as 1894, and combined ads already published in 1897. After this date, you can find combined ads every single month until 1911.
Also, there is a rare ad that list the company name as “Remington Arms Company-Union Metallic Cartridge Company” (merged and in the same line). It is not only unique because of the designation used, but because it was published on May 16, 1908!
Another overlooked fact is that a combined but alternated “UMC-Remington” designation was used in ads as early as 1909. It seems that this was the original form in which their names were meant to be combined, and if history had been different we would be collecting UMC-REM headstamps today…