U.S. SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1807 (RECONVERTED) FLINTLOCK “INDIAN CARBINE”, DATED 1808

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Springfield Armory manufactured 1,202 .54 caliber smoothbore flintlock carbines for the Indian Department between 1807 and 1810. The carbines were intended as gifts for the Native American tribes, but it seems only a few hundred were initially distributed since 950 were still in storage at Springfield in 1830, and 690 still remained in 1848.

The Model 1807 Carbine was the first U.S. arsenal made carbine. Less than half of the 1,200 carbines were provided to the Indian Department, and around 25% of production is estimated to have been altered for use by cadets in 1830. Model 1807 Carbines are extremely rare in any configuration.

The smoothbore barrel measures approximately 33.75” long. The barrel surface remains smooth with a pewter to light tan color. The bore is clear with some light oxidation. There a small brass blade sight at the muzzle and government proofs (with eagle head) at the breech.

The original lock plate features slightly beveled edges and a teat at the tail. This gun was once converted to percussion and then at a later time expertly reconverted to flint. Because of this reconversion, original markings on the lock plate are worn or covered over in places, including portion of the script "US" and one wing of the federal eagle. This particular “wear” was done when a new frizzen pan was reattached. Located at the lower edge of the plate, "SPRINGFIELD" is seen in a concave arc and also has part of the “D” covered over. The date "1808" is found behind the cock. The lock plate itself is original to the gun while the frizzen pan and spring components as well as the cock have been replaced. All mechanics are strong.

The butt plate, trigger guard, thumb plate, ramrod tip, and ramrod pipes are all brass. The butt plate is also dated 1808 on the tang. There is a wood ramrod with brass tip.

The stock is in very nice condition. Pins were used to fasten the barrel and all components to the stock. A partial script "US" marking (the “U”) remains on the left flat. The carbine measures approximately 48.5” overall.

A rare and very fine early flintlock weapon, albeit a reconversion.  [jet] [ph:L]

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