Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 301: Springfield/Winchester-Hotchkiss First Army Saddle Ring Carbine

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Scarce Springfield/Winchester-Hotchkiss First Model Army Bolt Action Saddle Ring Carbine

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

Scarce Springfield/Winchester-Hotchkiss First Model Army Bolt Action Saddle Ring Carbine

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: Hotchkiss-Carbine
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 45-70 Government
Barrel: 24 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 558
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 160
Class: Antique
Description:

This First Model Hotchkiss carbine was built using a mix of Winchester and Springfield components and would have been used in early Army field trials. Only 501 are believed to have been manufactured. Many were converted into Second Models in 1881 or otherwise altered and re-issued for additional trials. Table #5 Springfield Research Service list on page 344 of "U.S. Military Bolt Action Rifles" by Bruce Canfield lists this example by serial number as having been shipped from Springfield Armory on June 23rd, 1879. It has "US" and "V/P/eagle head" proof and inspection marks at the breech, the three-line Winchester address and Hotchkiss patent marking on the left side of the action followed by the serial number, Henry Nettleton "HN." inspector marks, the distinctive first model magazine cut-off on the right, a correct First Model oval "ESA/1878" inspection cartouche marked next to the saddle ring, and a script "P" proof behind the trigger guard. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good with brown patina overall and 20% original blue finish in protected areas, on the barrel band, trigger guard and buttplate tang. Stock is fine with scattered light scratches and dents, a chip at the toe, and a mostly clear cartouche (top edge faded). Mechanically excellent.



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