Signed BURNSIDE Contract SPENCER 1865 CAV Carbine
Antique Saddle Ring Carbine Made in Providence, RI
Here we present an antique Burnside Contract Spencer Model 1865 Cavalry Carbine, made circa 1865 by contract by the Burnside Rifle Company in Providence, Rhode Island. The Spencer was a very successful carbine that was desirable on Civil War battlefields due to its handy size, accuracy, and rate of fire. The magazine tube in the butt holds 7 shots and a captured Confederate soldier is quoted as saying that you “load in the morning and fire all day!” The inventor, Christian Spencer, had the unique opportunity to personally instruct President Abraham Lincoln as he test-fired the rifle, resulting in more military sales.
This specimen is one of the Burnside Contract, making it scarcer than those made by the Spencer Repeating Rifle Company. Out of the 34,000 made by Burnside, over 30,000 were purchased by the U.S. government. The top of the receiver is marked “SPENCER REPEATING RIFLE/PAT’D MARCH 6, 1860/MANUF’D AT PROV. R.I./BY BURNSIDE RIFLE CO.” and “Model 1865”. The side plate on the left side of the gun is signed “C.F. Tf. Albert 1888”. The right side of the butt stock is numbered “51”. The heel of the right side also has a faint marking that appears to be “P” over a clearer “10”. Government inspection marks may be found throughout.
The overall condition is very good. The original blue finish is about 60%. The markings are clear. The walnut stock is in very good condition. The bore is in very good condition, clean with strong rifling. The action is not currently functional as the sear spring needs a replacement. This is a neat carbine with some interesting and mysterious markings that would be interesting to find more information on!
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Barrel is 20 inches.
Caliber: .50 Spencer
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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