VERY GOOD, CLASSIC SPENCER M1860 CAVALRY CARBINE

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Item Code: 490-2577

This is a crisp looking Spencer carbine with smooth metal showing good finish to the barrel, traces of case on the receiver, tight fitting wood showing cartouches, and crisp markings. The barrel shows full coverage of thin blue shading toward plum at the rear and rating about 80 percent. Both sights are in place. The ladder on the rear sight shows some gray and plum, but the spring shows thin blue. The band and receiver have shifted toward silver, but with the receiver showing some thin remnants of case at the upper and lower edges and in front of the hammer. The color on the hammer and top of the breech block is good. The three line company stamp is crisp: “SPENCER REPEATING / RIFLE CO. BOSTON MASS / PAT’D MARCH 6, 1860.” The wrist shows some very tiny flecks of brown at the back edge where it meets the wood. The serial number is sharp: 39722, dating it around October/November 1864 from Marcot’s tables of purchases.

The wood has a nice warm brown color and a tight fit to the metal. There is a very small chip midway along the lower edge of the lock plate. The sling bar shows a narrow gap on the lower edge, small wear spot on the upper and at the rear, but these are very minor. The lower right butt flat shows a small impressed or branded “UB” upside down near the butt swivel. Otherwise the wood shows only minor handling marks. The edge of the comb is good, forestock and buttstock match, and the wrist has two light cartouches. The mechanics and bore are good. The magazine is in place. The sling ring has been removed.

This is the standard configuration Model 1860: 39 inches long, 22 inch barrel, two-piece walnut stock and 7-shot tubular magazine inserted through the buttplate.

The Spencer was strongly built repeating carbine that become the dominant cavalry arm in last half of the war, combining compact construction, .52 caliber waterproof rimfire cartridges, and sheer firepower. Invented by Christopher Spencer, early Spencers were army and navy rifles, but by October 1863 the first of many carbine deliveries took place, reaching something in range of 60-62,000 by mid-April 1865. Scores of cavalry regiments carried Spencers, units from New York, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Jersey, and Indiana just to name a few. They were well liked by those who carried them and respected by those who faced their fire. For the Civil War or US cavalry collector they are a key weapon to have in a collection.  [sr] [ph:L]

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