Lot #3241
Lot #3243

Lot 3242: Civil War U.S. Spencer Model 1860 Army Repeating Rifle

Early Production Civil War U.S. Spencer Model 1860 Army Repeating Rifle

Auction Date: December 11, 2022

Lot 3242: Civil War U.S. Spencer Model 1860 Army Repeating Rifle

Early Production Civil War U.S. Spencer Model 1860 Army Repeating Rifle

Auction Date: December 11, 2022

Estimated Price: $2,500 - $3,750
Price Realized:

Early Production Civil War U.S. Spencer Model 1860 Army Repeating Rifle

Manufacturer: Spencer
Model: 1860
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 52 Spencer
Barrel: 30 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 498
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 169
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured by the Spencer Repeating Rifle Company of Boston, Massachusetts, this is one of 11,470 Spencer Model 1860 Army rifles purchased by the Ordnance Department during the Civil War. The rifle has a 30-inch round barrel with seven-shot magazine tube in the stock. The barrel has a blade front sight with base doubling as a socket bayonet lug and a dove-tail mounted folding leaf rear sight with 800 yard center notch. Sling swivels mounted on the middle barrel band and butt. The top of the receiver is roll-stamped "SPENCER REPEATING-/RIFLE CO. BOSTON MASS/PAT'D. MARCH 6, 1860." in three lines. The serial number is roll-stamped on the top of the receiver behind the ejector cut-out. Small "S.L" sub-inspection initials marked on the left barrel flat. F.W. Roebling III brass collection tag numbered "257" hanging from the front sling swivel.

Rating Definition:

Good with silvered out gray patina on the action, brown patina on the balance and some scattered patches of light to moderate pitting indicative of period use. Wood is also good showing extensive usage with scattered dents, a small chip ahead of the buttplate tang, cracks on either side of the toe, and some areas slightly undersized. Mechanically fine. A solid representative example of an early production Civil War rifle!



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