Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 205: Experimental U.S. Springfield Model 1901 Bolt Action Carbine

Auction Date: February 16, 2022

Experimental U.S. Springfield Model 1901 Bolt Action Carbine Inscribed to Lieutenant Townsend Whelen

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $6,000 - $9,000

Experimental U.S. Springfield Model 1901 Bolt Action Carbine Inscribed to Lieutenant Townsend Whelen

Manufacturer: Springfield Armory U.S.
Model: 1901
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 30-03
Barrel: 22 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 2202
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Bore Condition: Good - Some light pitting or frosted appearance
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 representative example of a prototype Model 1901 carbine assembled utilizing later Model 1903 rifle parts and a modified Model 1898 Krag rear sight. Marked "11/LT./TOWNSEND WHELEN/30-03/1901" on top of the receiver. Townsend Whelen, later promoted to Colonel, was an avid big game hunter and author, having written dozens of books and hundreds of articles on guns and hunting. "B" marked behind the lower tang. Includes brass muzzle cap and Rock Island Arsenal leather sling. Pages 2-20 of the book "The Springfield Model 1903 Rifles" by Lieutenant Colonel William Brophy discusses the 1901 experimental rifles.

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