Most of the Model 1865 Spencer carbines were manufactured in 1865 and 1866 after the end of the Civil War. Many were used during Reconstruction and in the Indian Wars before the Springfield Trapdoors were widely issued. Many Spencers were also used by Native Americans during the Indian Wars including against Custer's cavalry at Little Bighorn. This example has small inspection marks, faint boxed script "EAW" (Elijah A. Williams) and "DAP" (Dwight A. Perkins) inspection cartouches on the left side of the stock, blade and folding ladder sights, the Stabler cutoff, and standard Spencer markings. "U.S./COL. TER." (U.S. Colorado Territory) is branded in large letters on the left rear of the buttstock. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Fine, retaining 80% original blue finish on the barrel with some areas lightly thinning to a brown patina, and a few scratches. 20% original case colors, strong in protected areas, with the balance displaying a mix of gray with smooth mottled brown patina. Wood is fine with attractive raised grain, some light scratches, and the branded letters as mentioned above. Mechanically excellent.
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