Lot #1275
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Lot 1276: Springfield Rifle Conversion of a Burnside M1865 Spencer Carbine

U.S. Springfield Infantry Rifle Conversion of a Burnside Model 1865 Spencer Repeating Saddle Ring Carbine

Auction Date: December 10, 2022

Lot 1276: Springfield Rifle Conversion of a Burnside M1865 Spencer Carbine

U.S. Springfield Infantry Rifle Conversion of a Burnside Model 1865 Spencer Repeating Saddle Ring Carbine

Auction Date: December 10, 2022

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

U.S. Springfield Infantry Rifle Conversion of a Burnside Model 1865 Spencer Repeating Saddle Ring Carbine

Manufacturer: Burnside Rifle Co
Model: 1865
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 50 Spencer
Barrel: 32 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 491
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 248
Class: Antique
Description:

In 1871, Springfield Armory converted approximately 1,108 Burnside-Spencer carbines by fitting the actions with rifle length barrels chambered for .50 rimfire ammunition with three-groove rifling and adding the Stabler cut-off device. The armory also refurbished the parts and added a nearly full length forearm with two barrel bands and a slotted cleaning rod. Spencers were easily among the most advanced weapons of the Civil War and remained in use during the late-19th century Indian Wars in the hands of both the U.S. Army and various Native Americans. These rifles were apparently manufactured to utilize unserviceable Spencer carbines and excess Springfield musket components. Serial number "28713" marked on the top of the receiver and the left breech of the barrel. It retains the carbine sling bar and ring, and Stabler magazine cut-off. Oval script "ESA" (Erskine S. Allin) inspection cartouche stamped on the left wrist of the stock behind the sling bar.

Rating Definition:

Fine, retains 50% arsenal blue finish flaking to a smooth brown patina on the balance, 30% original case colors strongest on the sideplate with areas of scattered light pitting. Wood is fine with some scattered scratches and dings, a few cracks visible around the buttplate. Mechanically excellent.



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