Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 4633: Experimental U.S. Springfield 1901 Second Type Bolt Action Rifle

Auction Date: October 8, 2021

Experimental U.S. Springfield Model 1901 Second Type Bolt Action Rifle with Ramrod Bayonet

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,500 - $8,500

Experimental U.S. Springfield Model 1901 Second Type Bolt Action Rifle with Ramrod Bayonet

Manufacturer: Springfield Armory U.S.
Model: 1901
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 30 CF
Barrel: 29 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 305
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Rating:

OE - GOOD - some minor replacement parts; metal smoothly rusted or lightly pitted in places, cleaned; principal lettering, numerals and design on metal legible; lightly scratched, bruised or minor cracks repaired; in good working order.

NPRF - NON-PROFESSIONALLY REFINISHED/COLD BLUE, ETC.

WW - WOOD IS WORSE FOR THE PERCENT FINISH RATING GIVEN

Description:

A fine representative example of a prototype Model 1901 second pattern rifle assembled from parts utilizing an unmarked Model 1901 receiver, an 1888 Trapdoor front ramrod bayonet ferrule, modified 1898 Krag rear sight, modern replica stock, and various modified later Model 1903 rifle parts. Two "Eagle head" marks ahead of the floor plate and behind the trigger guard. Pages 2-20 of he book "The Springfield Model 1903 Rifles" by Lieutenant Colonel William Brophy discusses the 1901 experimental rifles. The description of the 1901 Experimental rifles indicates significant variations in the features and markings of these rifles. Brophy lists thirteen actual surviving 1901 Experimental rifles serial numbered 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 20, 22, 26, 28 and 29 in the Springfield Armory Museum or private collections. Springfield Armory Model 1901 experimental rifles are historically significant as the predecessor to the Model 1903 rifle. Includes Rock Island Arsenal leather sling and ramrod bayonet. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

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