A very good mid-war Spencer in .52cal with a great bore and low-serial number. This carbine was first produced by Christopher Miner Spencer, one of the leading figures of the machine tool industry. The first Spencer carbine contract to the government was July 13, 1863 and the first delivery made to the Ordnance Department on October 3, 1863. This carbine bears serial #17985. Carbine has a 22” long round barrel fitted to a two-piece, oiled walnut stock/forend that is in very good used condition with typical dings expected from solid use. The bore is good, great rifling, and some pitting. Barrel has plumb colored finish overall; also has the original folding rear sight. The original, steel, tubular loading magazine located in the buttstock is in very good, undented condition. Spring is strong and the magazine fits snugly in the shoulder stock. Top flat on the receiver, forward of the hammer, is stamped with “SPENCER REPEATING – / RIFLE CO. BOSTON MASS / PAT’D MARCH 6, 1860” in three lines. A strongly stamped serial # 17985 on the top of frame behind the hammer. The heavy-style Spencer carbine sling bar and sling ring are tightly attached to the stock’s left side. Lock screws are in very good condition. Remaining metal surfaces of the carbine are pleasing dark gray. Iron butt plate wears a dark gray coloring. Carbine exhibits crisp, strong mechanics and retains its single sling swivel under the stock near the toe. Cavalry regiments who were issued the M1860 Spencer carbine were: 1st Connecticut Cavalry, 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th Michigan Cavalry, 4th US Cavalry, 5th New York Cavalry, 1st New York Veteran Cavalry, 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry, 8th Indiana Cavalry, and the 1st New Jersey Cavalry.
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