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    LOT 1202
Historic Documented Spanish-American War U.S. Springfield Model 1895/96 Krag-
Jorgensen Bolt Action Saddle Ring Carbine, Identified to the U.S. 9th Cavalry Colored
Regiment Who Famously Charged Up San Juan Hill Next to the Rough Riders, Formerly of the
Frank Mallory Collection - Serial no. 28683, 30 Army (30-40 Krag) cal., 22 inch round bbl., blue finish, walnut stock. This is an extremely desirable example of a Spanish-American War issued U.S. Springfield Krag-Jorgensen saddle ring carbine identified by serial number as issued to the 9th Cavalry Regiment, who famously charged the hill during the Battle of San Juan Hill in Cuba on July 1st, 1898,
alongside future President Theodore Roosevelt’s 1st Volunteer
Cavalry “Rough Riders”. Surviving examples of these Krag-Jorgensen
carbines with a documented serial number positively linking them
(not just nearby or within the range) to one of the regiments that
was physically present at the Battle of San Juan Hill very rarely
turn up today! This is a tangible piece of history, the likes of which
collectors will search high and low to be able to be presented with
the opportunity to acquire. This example is previously out of the
collection of Frank Mallory, highly respected author and founder
of Springfield Research Service (SRS), is accompanied by a SRS
document that shows this carbine by serial number as “turned in” on
June 14th, 1900, from the 9th Cavalry, and is photographed leaning
against a tree in the article “Guns of the Rough Riders-Part II-Krag
Carbines” in the July/August 1989 issue of Man at Arms magazine (the
page with the photo removed from a magazine is included with this lot)
with the caption, “Ordnance records show that Model 1896 Carbine serial
no. 28683, photographed with cavalry cartridge belt, was issued to the
9th Cavalry Regiment. The black troopers of the 9th went up San Juan
Hill alongside the Rough Riders (photo by author).” These Krag-Jorgensen
carbines were used throughout the Spanish-American War and late into
the Philippine Insurrection. Fixed blade front sight and 2,000 yard ladder
rear sight correctly marked with a “C”. The receiver is marked “U.S./1895.
SPRINGFIELD ARMORY. 28683” on the left side (appropriate for an early
“Model 1896” Carbine). The period field replacement stock is of the
proper short carbine style, with an extended barrel band to protect the rear sight from bumping into the saddle boot, a short saddle ring on the left side, a boxed script “JSA/1898” cartouche stamped on the left of the wrist, “31” behind the trigger guard, and a flat buttplate with a trapdoor cleaning rod compartment (cleaning rod not included). “12” and “P2” are electro-stenciled into the left of the receiver.
CONDITION: Fine as Spanish-American War issued, retains 80% arsenal refurbished blue finish and 50% combination blue and oil-quenched casehardened finish on the receiver with smooth brown patina on the balance and some scattered areas of mild pitting, characteristic of exposure to the humid climate of Cuba and further adding to the aura of this historic example. The field replacement stock is also fine with defined edges, some light scratches and handling marks, a crack on the top of the handguard, defined grasping grooves and cartouche. Mechanically excellent. A historically significant example of a U.S. Springfield Model 1895/96 Krag- Jorgensen Carbine formerly of the collection of Frank Mallory identified to the U.S. 9th Cavalry Regiment who rushed Kettle Hill during the Battle of San Juan Hill. Do not miss this opportunity to own an American historic treasure: a desirable identified Krag-Jorgensen carbine with Spanish-American War use!
Provenance: The Frank Mallory Collection; Property of a Gentleman.
Estimate: 10,000 - 18,000

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