Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1123: Civil War Spencer Model 1860 Saddle Ring Carbine

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $6,500 - $9,500

Civil War Spencer Model 1860 Saddle Ring Carbine

Manufacturer: Spencer
Model: 1860
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 52 RF
Barrel: 22 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 488
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 98
Class: Antique

Manufactured from 1863-1865 with a total production of about 50,000, the Spencer was one of the most widely used and popular Civil War firearms. Fixed blade front sight and folding rear sight graduated to 800 yards. Combination trigger guard and lever operates the unique Spencer action, extracting the spent casing on the down stroke and chambering a fresh round from the tube magazine in the buttstock on the upstroke. The top of the receiver is marked "SPENCER REPEATING/RIFLE CO. BOSTON, MASS./PAT'D MARCH 6, 1860". There is a small "S" on the left rear of the barrel, "R" on the left rear of the receiver and "M" on the lever and breechblock components. Mounted with a smooth walnut forearm and straight grip stock with a saddle ring and bar mounted on the left wrist, two boxed script cartouches, sling swivel and an iron buttplate. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Provenance: The George Moller Collection; The Ron Bucholtz Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good plus, retaining 25% thinning original blue finish on the barrel, and 30% original case colors on the frame and lever with scattered mild spotting. 60% strong original case colors remain on the breech block. Wood is extremely fine with some light handling marks, and clear cartouches. Mechanically excellent.

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