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SMOF6783 - MODEL 1860 SPENCER SADDLE RING CARBINE, .52 CALIBER
Serial number 24467, all correct and original. The Spencer is probably the most famous, and historically significant carbine of the Civil War period. Legend has it that it was adopted after the inventor demonstrated it to President Lincoln, who gave an order to the head of the Ordnance Department to quit resisting change and buy some of these. While Lincoln may have helped the process along, Gen. Ripley’s job running the ordnance department was chaotic with thousands of new troops needing arms each week, and only limited shipments of even traditional muzzle loading muskets being delivered despite numerous contracts for their manufacture. Sundry surplus European arms had been purchased and shipped across the Atlantic (as much to arm Union forces as to deny them to the Confederates). Several different breechloading carbines had been adopted, mainly with externally primed paper or brass cartridges. Every different type or caliber of arm needed its own peculiar ammunition, compounding a horrendous logistics problem dependent on horse drawn transportation and a few railroads. Spencer was among the first to use rimfire metallic cartridges, adding yet further demands and unproven technology to the complex needs of the service. Nominally the M1860 carbines used the “Number 56 cartridge” often described as .56-56 Spencer, but the bore is actually .52 caliber.
Spencers began reaching the troops late in 1863, and in large numbers in early 1864, with over 45,000 delivered by the end of the war. Many of these continued in use with the cavalry in the west, lasting until about 1873. About 8,000 were purchased by soldiers being mustered out and taken home at the end of the war. Ultimately, the Spencer proved to be a popular, reliable and sturdy carbine. The ability to fire from its seven round tubular magazine, reloading by simply cocking the hammer and operating the lever, provided devastating firepower compared to the single shot breechloaders with external percussion primers, and a decisive advantage in foul weather. (See John McAulay’s excellent “U.S. Military Carbines” for details on all U.S. carbines!)
This example is a good honest, representative example. Most of the finish has worn off and been replaced with a brown patina, with a lot of surface rust freckles on it and a couple of thumbprint size patches of heavier rust on the barrel. Overall this one needs a good cleaning, as it has been in an attic for about 15-20 years where an heir disinterested in guns had stored it. A careful cleaning should remove the rust freckles but still leave mostly nice smooth patina/dull gray mix which will be much more attractive. Bore in the 22 inch barrel is fine to near excellent with sharp six groove rifling, mostly bright (although a bit dirty) except for two areas of rust or pitting about an inch and 3 inches from the muzzle. The stock is a bit dried out, needing some linseed oil rubbed in, but does not have the crack along the magazine tube as is often the case. Complete with the magazine, and it does have a small crack at the tip where the follower screw impacts at the front- not a big deal, but we wanted to mention it anyway. Forend has a crack along the right side at the rear, and a small chip (1/16” x ½”) missing on the left side. There is a broken or missing spring for the cartridge follower (guide) finger that rides on the top of the breechblock (S&S has them for $30). There is no documented history on this serial number, but guns in this general range were in service with several different cavalry regiments in 1864. This one was carried a lot in the field, judging by the wear on the sling ring bar. Most of the Model 1860 Spencer carbines saw hard use, unlike the later Model 1865s which are found in much better condition as a result of their limited service. ANTIQUE, no FFL needed. $2395.00 (View Picture)
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SMOF6780 - SCARCE MODEL 1882 U.S. REMINGTON-LEE .45-70 BOLT ACTION TRIALS RIFLE
Serial number 9444, made by Remington Arms Company, Ilion New York. This .45-70 bolt action rifle is one of 770 purchased in 1882 under contract for U.S. Army trials, searching for a magazine fed rifle to possibly replace the trapdoor Springfield. The British conducted trials around the same time and ended up using the Remington Lee as the basis for the entire series of Lee Enfield .303 rifles that served for about 75 years. The U.S. however, clung to the fear that soldiers might waste ammunition and that the cost of a private invention was unaffordable compared to the cheap but reliable .45-70 single shot trapdoors, and waited another decade before adopting a magazine fed rifle as the standard infantry arm.
This is a very scarce gun, which had previously had the stock cut off at the lower band but has been nicely restored, The replaced forend wood needs a bit of work on the finish to make it blend in to match the rest of the original stock. It has the lightly struck US on left side of receiver below markings E REMINGTON & SONS ILION NY USA/ SOLE MANUFACTURERS AND AGENTS. Inspector marks D.F.C. are stamped on the right wall of the receiver, and on the bolt guide rib, but no traces remain of where it was on right side of buttstock near the buttplate. Receiver and bolt retain some original finish but the receiver has faded to a silver-gray case hardened appearance. The barrel and magazine are patina mixed with plum with some light roughness if you look really close. Good bore and mechanics. The rear sight is a Model 1884 Buffington style, but it should have the Model 1879 type with “R-L” on the base, but just a common M1879 trapdoor sight would be pretty nearly identical. Do not confuse this with the more common U.S. Navy Models of 1879 or 1885 which are very similar but differ in small details. ANTIQUE- No FFL needed! $1495.00 (View Picture)
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SMOF5995 - 23023 - WINCHESTER MODEL 1897 12 GAUGE PUMP SHOTGUN-
Serial number 876463 made in 1932 with 30 inch 12 gauge barrel, full choke, mirror bright bore. This is the takedown model, and the lockup is nice and tight, and mechanics are fine. This is a field used gun that has been well cared for. Screw heads are crisp and unbuggered. Barrel has about 80-85% original blue, but the magazine tube has about 40-50% due to handling wear, and the almost none on the receiver. Buttstock is one of the few we have seen that is NOT cracked at the rear of the receiver, and while the varnish finish is flaked and scraped, overall the wood is pretty nice except for one long shallow bruise on the right side as shown in the photos. Missing the buttplate, but does not seem to have been cut down, just a case of the hard rubber buttplate getting broken and lost. Repro buttplates are readily available, and somewhere I have several old originals, but no idea where they are, or I would install one.
This is one of John M. Browning’s classic designs, with more than a million Model 97s made before production ended in 1957. It was the first really successful pump action shotgun made, and improved over the less successful Model 1893 Winchester which had been designed for blackpowder loads and. The only other pumps prior to these were one designed by C.M. Spencer (the Civil War carbine inventor!) and Andrew Burgess, the latter using an awkward but functional arrangement where the entire pistol grip would slide back along the axis of the stock to work the action. The Burgess was only built 1893-1897 and finally bought out by Winchester. Spencer was a good inventor, but lousy businessman and his guns were made starting about 1879, but in 1890 he sold out to Francis Bannerman, the big surplus dealer, who continued to make them under the Bannerman name until about 1910.
This classic old shotgun is one of the key historic arms for collectors of American sporting arms, and many are still enjoyed by shooters today. (We sell all guns as collector items only and they must be approved by a competent gunsmith before firing.) With a little refinishing on the stock and a new buttplate this will be a much nicer looking gun. C&R FFL okay for this one. Sorry, we can not accept credit card payment for this item. $575.00 (View Picture)
**NEW ADDITION** 23346 BIBLE OF BRIDLE BITS VY LEROY HAUG & GERHARD MALM - An illustrated collector's guide to identification and classification of bridle bits with pricing.
About 6" x 9" 170 pages soft covers. Used fine. $45.00(View Picture)
21834 MONEY BAG Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (small) - Coarse woven cotton (almost canvas) “money bag” with markings as shown in the photos. Great props for cowboy action bank robbery scenario or something. Has some light soiling so it looks old, but not ratty or ancient. Probably circa 1960s-70s. These were originally sewn shut across the top, but you can tie it shut with some string or leather thong is you like that. It is up to the buyer to find the money to fill this up- bag is sold empty.
Size about 9” x 17” $15.00 (View Picture)
21833 MONEY BAG - U.S. Mint- DENVER $1,000 dated 1975 for dollar coins (large) - Coarse woven cotton (almost canvas) “money bag” with markings as shown in the photos. Great props for cowboy action bank robbery scenario or something. Has some light soiling so it looks old, but not ratty or ancient. Probably for the silly Susan B. Anthony dollar coins that no one ever used, but you can fill it full of $1.00 bills if you like. These were originally sewn shut across the top, but you can tie it shut with some string or leather thong is you like that. It is up to the buyer to find the money to fill this up- bag is sold empty.
Size about 12” x 19” $15.00 (View Picture)
21832 MONEY BAG Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (1960 date- large) - Coarse woven cotton (almost canvas) “money bag” with markings as shown in the photos. Great props for cowboy action bank robbery scenario or something. Has some light soiling so it looks old, but not ratty or ancient. Probably circa 1960s-70s. These were originally sewn shut across the top, but you can tie it shut with some string or leather thong is you like that. It is up to the buyer to find the money to fill this up- bag is sold empty.
Size about 11.5” x 18” $15.00 (View Picture)
21830 MONEY BAG Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (1973 date- large) - Coarse woven cotton (almost canvas) “money bag” with markings as shown in the photos. Great props for cowboy action bank robbery scenario or something. Has some light soiling so it looks old, but not ratty or ancient. Dated 1973. These were originally sewn shut across the top, but you can tie it shut with some string or leather thong is you like that. It is up to the buyer to find the money to fill this up- bag is sold empty.
Size about 11.5” x 18” $15.00 (View Picture)
20457 DOC W.F. CARVER: SPIRIT GUN OF THE WEST - “Plainsman; World’s Champion Marksman; and Originator of the American Wild West Show.” By Raymond W. Thorp. 266 pages 6” x 9” hardbound with plastic cover for dustjacket. Carver was an adventurer, originator of the Wild West Show, partner with Buffalo Bill Cody and later struck out on his own. The author has Carver’s personal scrapbooks as part of his research material, making this an excellent source of info on this colorful character of the old west. Used VG-fine. $35.00 (View Picture)
10521 OLD HOLSTER- REDHEAD BRAND - Good quality item showing fair amount of honest use. Probably circa 1960s or more recent. Good markings on back with REDHEAD logo, 20 SHD BS, 22 6. Looks to me it would fit a Ruger Bearcat or guns of that general size. $20.00 (View Picture)
10509 U.S. Model 1885 watering bridle and bit for cavalry
- (Steffen, Horse Soldier III, 37) Although similar to the later M1902,
the M1885 had the bridle sewn to a fixed length, while the M1902 used a buckle
to adjust length. Used VG with the leather bridle somewhat stiff and not suitable
for actual use. $125.00 (View Picture)