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Lot 284: U.S. Springfield Model 1881 Forager Trapdoor Shotgun

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Scarce U.S. Springfield Model 1881 Forager Trapdoor Shotgun

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

Scarce U.S. Springfield Model 1881 Forager Trapdoor Shotgun

Manufacturer: Springfield Armory U.S.
Model: 1881
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 20
Barrel: 26 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 538
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 154
Class: Antique

Only an estimated 1,376 Trapdoor 20 gauge "forager" shotguns were manufactured in the early 1880s and serial numbered 1-1376. They were designed for 20 gauge brass shotgun shells and were used by hunters and scouts primarily at western outposts in the late 19th century. Some were even used into the very early 20th century, primarily in Alaska. It has standard markings including "1881" dated breech block, "1873" dated lock, the correct two-click tumbler, special extractor, and carbine buttplate and trigger guard. "GDM", George D. Moller collection marking, discreetly at the toe. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good, 20% of the refinished blue finish and traces of the arsenal refurbished oil quenched case colors with the balance having thinned to mostly a smooth grey patina and some very light pitting at the muzzle. The lightly sanded and refinished wood is good with a couple patches of filler on the left, some scattered minor dings and scratches, and a hairline crack near the rear lock screw on the left. Mechanically excellent.

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