Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 303: Indian Wars Era Spencer-Burnside Contract 1865 Repeating Carbine

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Indian Wars Era Spencer-Burnside Contract Model 1865 Repeating Saddle Ring Carbine

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

Indian Wars Era Spencer-Burnside Contract Model 1865 Repeating Saddle Ring Carbine

Manufacturer: Burnside Rifle Co
Model: 1865
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 50 Spencer
Barrel: 20 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 160
Class: Antique

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

Rating Definition:

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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