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Lot 1147: U.S. Springfield 1855 Pistol-Carbine with Matching Stock

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

U.S. Springfield Model 1855 Percussion Pistol-Carbine with Matching Shoulder Stock

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,750 - $4,250

U.S. Springfield Model 1855 Percussion Pistol-Carbine with Matching Shoulder Stock

Manufacturer: Springfield Armory U.S.
Model: 1855
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 58
Barrel: 12 inch round
Finish: bright
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 487
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 123
Class: Antique
Description:

Springfield Armory manufactured 4,021 of these distinctive, dual-purpose weapons between 1855-1857. They are one of only three handguns manufactured at Springfield, with intent to provide the U.S. Cavalry and dragoon regiments with weapons that could be used as carbines for dismounted action and as pistols for use on horseback. The results were less than satisfactory, and they were also already rather outdated from their inception given Colt's Dragoon series which could also mount shoulder stocks but offered more shots and functioned better as handguns. Nonetheless, they are known to have been used into the Civil War, including by Confederate forces. This example is dated "1856" on the lock and "1855" on the barrel tang, and has standard markings and features. Matching assembly number "4" is marked on the rear of the pommel cap on the pistol and on the underside of the joint piece of the included shoulder stock, with a "P" carved on the left of the shoulder stock and "US" marked brass buttplate.

Rating Definition:

Good with scattered brown patina overall and a few areas of scattered moderate pitting. The pistol stock is also good as lightly sanded and re-oiled with numerous scattered dents and scratches, some cracks, a chipped section behind the bottom of the barrel band, and a repaired split in the grip area. Mechanically excellent. The shoulder stock is very good as re-oiled with numerous scattered dents and scratches, and carving as mentioned above. All brass fittings retain an attractive golden aged patina.



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