GETTYSBURG ASSOCIATED MICHIGAN CAVALRY BRIGADE SPENCER RIFLE -- SERIAL NUMBER 2402

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Item Code: 490-4278

Any Spencer in the Gettysburg serial number range is rare and this one, #2402, puts it in the second production of M1860 Army Rifles issued to the 5th & 6th Michigan Cavalry. These Spencers were on the field at Gettysburg, seeing action in the hands of Custer’s Michigan Cavalry Brigade at Hanover and Hunterstown, and playing a key role in halting Jeb Stuart’s attack behind the Union right on July 3.

The round barrel has a semi-bright tone with just some dark spotting toward the muzzle. The metal is smooth, with a small patch of very tiny dings by the rear-most barrel band. Both sights and all bands and springs are in place. The two swivels are present. Bore is clean and clear with rifling. This fired the .52 caliber “56-56” copper rimfire cartridge.

The receiver has matching light tone. The markings on top of the receiver read: “SPENCER REPEATING / RIFLE CO. BOSTON MASS. / PAT’D MARCH 6, 1860”, and the serial number on the wrist, 2402 is sharp. Action functions as it should, with smooth breech block action. All hammer, trigger, loading lever action remains strong and works well.

The wood of the gun has an attractive dark color. The buttstock is nice with only a faint spot of discoloration where a piece of adhesive tape was removed. There are no cartouches visible. The forestock shows slightly more wear with two small gouges on the underside near the upper barrel band. Spring loaded magazine that held seven cartridges, is present and in fine working order.

This is a fine example of one of the most revolutionary weapons to see field service in the war and at Gettysburg!  [jet][ph:L]

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