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Outstanding Indian Wars Era U.S. Inspected Spencer-Burnside Contract Model 1865 Repeating Saddle Ring Carbine - Serial no. 8727, 50 Spencer cal., 20 inch round bbl., blue/casehardened finish, walnut stock. Spencer Model 1865 carbines were serial numbered in the approximate range 1-23000 and manufactured circa 1865-1866. The top of the receiver has the four-line address/patent date and Burnside Rifle Co. marking along with “MODEL/1865”. The left of the stock has two crisp boxed script inspection cartouches. It has a ladder rear sight graduated to 900 yards and saddle ring mounted on the left of the stock. Many of these late Spencer carbines were used during Reconstruction and in the Indian Wars before the Springfield Trapdoors were widely issued, with plenty of others seeing use out West until the end of the 19th century. On the other hand, this example appears to have seen little, if any, service use at all and appears to have remained in storage protected from the elements, leading to its high condition.

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