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Lot 1321: U.S. Springfield Model 1868 Trapdoor Rifle

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Fine U.S. Springfield Model 1868 Trapdoor Rifle with Bayonet

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,800 - $2,750

Fine U.S. Springfield Model 1868 Trapdoor Rifle with Bayonet

Manufacturer: Springfield Armory U.S.
Model: 1868
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 50 CF
Barrel: 32 5/8 inch round
Finish: bright/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 399
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 148
Class: Antique

This model was manufactured around 1868 to 1872 and is one of the predecessors of the famous .45-70 Springfield trapdoors. It has the standard markings and features, including one "HSH" cartouche and two sets of "ESA" and "FWS" cartouches on the left flat, "1863" dated lock, and an "1869" dated breech block. "G. Custer" is hand carved in the left of the forearm. The E.S.A. is for Erskine S. Allin, the inventor of the Springfield trapdoor and master armorer at the armory. "GDM", George D. Moller collection marking on the toe. Includes a M1855 socket bayonet. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine, showing the armoury bright finish and traces of the original case colors on the breech and lockplate with the balance of the receiver and lock mostly a smooth grey patina and mottled brown on the buttplate. The wood is very fine with some scattered minor dings and scratches and a heavier chip/scratch on the right of the forearm. Mechanically excellent.

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