Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1164: Civil War U.S. Spencer Model 1860 Repeating Saddle Ring Carbine

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

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

Civil War U.S. Spencer Model 1860 Repeating Saddle Ring Carbine

Manufacturer: Spencer
Model: 1860
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 52 Spencer
Barrel: 22 inch round
Finish: brown/blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 538
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 126
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. It continued to remain in service into the post-Civil War Western campaign in the Indian Wars, as this example was arsenal refurbished for that purpose. 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. Mounted with a smooth walnut forearm and straight grip stock with a saddle ring and bar, sling swivel and an iron buttplate. "13" stamped on the left of the lever, front flat of the frame, and underneath the breech of the barrel.

Rating Definition:

Very good, retains 50% post-Civil War arsenal applied brown lacquer finish and worn markings with general overall wear from period use out West. Wood is very good as lightly sanded and re-oiled with scattered scratches and dents, and a chip behind the forearm screw. Mechanically excellent.

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