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. A large number of Model 1865s were sold as surplus to France for use during the Franco-Prussian War. Spencers were also used in Canada which was still a British colony until made a federal dominion in 1867 and then granted full independence in the 20th century. This example has small inspection marks, "J.L.C." (Joseph L. Cottle) inspection initials on the left side of the barrel at the breech, boxed script "SL" (Samuel Leonard) and "GC" (George Curtis) inspection cartouches on the left side of the stock, blade and folding ladder sights, and the Stabler cutoff. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Very good as arsenal refurbished with smooth mottled brown patina overall and mostly clear markings in the metal. Wood is also very good with attractive raised grain, mostly defined edges, some light chips and scratches, a chip behind the lock, and nice cartouches. Mechanically functions fine, although the magazine tube does not sit flush against the buttplate when locked.
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