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Lot 1467: Springfield Armory U.S. Ward Burton Carbine 50 CF

Scarce U.S. Springfield Armory Ward Burton Patent Single Shot Bolt Action Carbine

Auction Date: December 8, 2013

Lot 1467: Springfield Armory U.S. Ward Burton Carbine 50 CF

Scarce U.S. Springfield Armory Ward Burton Patent Single Shot Bolt Action Carbine

Auction Date: December 8, 2013

Estimated Price: $2,250 - $3,250
Price Realized:

Scarce U.S. Springfield Armory Ward Burton Patent Single Shot Bolt Action Carbine

Manufacturer: Springfield Armory U.S.
Model: Ward Burton
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 50 CF
Barrel: 22 inch round
Finish: brown
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1069
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 199
Class: Antique
Description:

One of only 316 produced, this is a solid original example of a scarce Ward-Burton Calvary carbine. The Ward-Burton was one of the top 4 performers at the 1870 Breechloader Trials, alongside the Sharps, Remington and Allin, with the Allin system winning out. Blade front and folding ladder rear sights, with "U.S./SPRINGFIELD 1871" on the left side of the receiver and "WARD-BURTON PATENT/DEC.20.1859 FEB.21.1871" on top of the bolt. Smooth straight grip stock, with a saddle ring and bar on the left side next to a pair of faint cartouches, and "US" on the buttplate heel.

Rating Definition:

Good, with mostly brown finish overall, showing areas of gray patina, mild spotting and scattered handling marks. Shallow pitting is present, particularly on the bolt handling and trigger guard, heavier on the saddle ring bar. The stock is about good, with a number of dents, chips and scuffs. The cartouche is lightly visible. Mechanically very good. Military testing, ranging from merely harsh to deliberatively destructive, has left few of these weapons to be found in any condition.



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