SPENCER 1865 Carbine BURNSIDE Contract Civil War
Antique Saddle Ring Carbine Made in Providence, RI
Here we present an antique Spencer Model 1865 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 frame is marked “SPENCER REPEATING RIFLE/PAT’D MARCH 6, 1860/MANUP’D AT PROV. R.I./BY BURNSIDE RIFLE CO. 1865”. There is a faint cartouche on the left side of the stock.
The overall condition is good. The metal surfaces have a gray patina. The markings are legible. The stock is in fair shape, showing much hard use and weathering. The bore is in good shape with strong rifling. The action on this carbine is strong.
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Barrel is 20 inches.
Caliber: .56-50 Spencer
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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