Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1232: U.S. Springfield Armory Ward-Burton 1871 Bolt Action

Auction Date: December 3, 2016

Scarce U.S. Springfield Armory Ward-Burton Model 1871 Bolt Action Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,250 - $3,000

Scarce U.S. Springfield Armory Ward-Burton Model 1871 Bolt Action Rifle

Manufacturer: Springfield Armory U.S.
Model: Ward Burton
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 50-70 U.S. Govt
Barrel: 32 1/2 inch round
Finish: bright
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 872
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 151
Class: Antique

Part of a limited 1,011 arm production run, the U.S. Model 1871 Ward-Burton rifle was a competitor to become the standard weapon of the United States Army, competing against Sharps, Remington, and ultimately losing to the Allin Conversion Trapdoor. Most of these arms were sent West for testing, where the harsh nature of frontier military use whittled down the already small stock, leaving few in good condition. 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 cover. Smooth straight wrist stock, with a metal ramrod, sling swivels, and a "US" marked buttplate heel.

Rating Definition:

Very good with scattered areas of brown patina and spotting on the bright metal surface. The stock is very good as repaired with a mended break and replaced wood around the receiver, a filled section at the trigger guard, mild chips and dents, and minor scuffing. Mechanically excellent. Many U.S. military longarm collections are missing this significant Springfield Armory made variation.

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