Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1323: U.S. Springfield Model 1879 Trapdoor Rifle

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

U.S. Springfield Model 1879 Trapdoor Rifle with Bayonet

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,600 - $2,500

U.S. Springfield Model 1879 Trapdoor Rifle with Bayonet

Manufacturer: Springfield Armory U.S.
Model: 1879
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 45-70 Government
Barrel: 32 5/8 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 440
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 148
Class: Antique

Manufactured c. 1882, these rifles were one of the iconic weapons of the American West and were used in many of the most legendary conflicts that took place there. It has standard markings and features, "SWP/1887" cartouche, and the "GDM", George D. Moller Collection marking on the toe of the stock. Includes a M1873 bayonet, scabbard with "US" frog, leather sling, and wood tampion. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Exceptionally fine, retains 80% plus of the original blue finish and 85% plus of the original case colors with the balance having thinned to mostly a smooth grey patina, primarily on the buttplate and near the muzzle. The lightly sanded and reoiled wood is fine with a small patch of filler on the left near the lock screw, some scattered minor dings and scratches, and crisp restamped cartouche. Mechanically excellent.

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