Lot 44    

Exceptional Springfield Model 1868 Special Order Sporting Rifle,
2009, Spring Firearms Sale, April 29th
.50-70 caliber, 28" round barrel, no barrel proofs, serial number 16574 on receiver and barrel. 1869 dated breechblock, '63 dated lockplate. The following work has been done by Springfield Armory to sporterize this model by thinning the hammer and centering it on the breechblock; sidelock screws have been rounded; stock with checkered wrist and fore end; well-detailed around lock mortise and on the reverse side; silver-plated fancy triggerguard and nose cap, double-set trigger, fly on tumbler; white metal tip poured in place and portholes on the inside of stock identical to that of later Springfield officer's rifles; rear band was modified with and eye and eyelet placed on bottom of stock between triggerguard and buttplate for sling. Remnants of three military cartouches on the left flat of stock. All internal lock parts are sub-inspected with a later gold shield behind tang with engraved initials TED.

This rifle was the subject of two investigations in the 1960s, one by the late Graham Burnside (1966); the other by the late Archer Jackson (1967). Mr. Burnside's (1966) article maintains that this rifle was found in Iowa, where Grenville Dodge retired. The Springfield records list a Sporting rifle ordered by General Dodge which cost $70.00 with a request to ship on 3-17-1870. Burnside believed this to be that sporting rifle that was ordered from Springfield Arsenal by General Dodge.

In Archer Jackson's talk to the American Society of Arms Collectors in the fall of 1967, he stated that he could not prove this was General Dodge's rifle. However he concluded that it was definitely a Springfield Sporter, since parts of this rifle were identical to Springfield Sporters in his collection. Dr. Vance Haynes has examined this rifle and agrees that it is identical to the few other existing special order Springfield Sporters made from 1866-1875 (personal communication to J. Lewis). Included with this lot is a copy of the Springfield Special Order Register.

Estate of Art Bedner

Barrel retains ca 90% of the original blue finish. Receiver and breech block have a nice mottled grey-to-brown look. Hammer has traces of case colors in the protected areas blending to a nice soft brown. Checkering is very sharp and crisp. Wood has a nice dark red feathered look with nice opened grain. This is an outstanding rifle.
Sold: $36,800.00
Price includes
Buyer's Premium
      Ask a Question

All Images

Field and Staff Officer's Sword,
Lot # 377 - Field and Staff Officer's Sword,
30" blade with etched military panels, leather handle with brass wire wrapping. Brass knuckle bow with counter guard marked G.A.R. No scabbard. > Item Details
Springfield Model 1869 Cadet Rifle,
* Winchester Model 21 Field Grade Shotgun,
Lot # 269 - * Winchester Model 21 Field Grade Shotgun,
12 gauge, 30" barrels with ejectors, serial number 22410. Chokes are full and modified. Buttstock has been shortened about .75" and leather covered recoil pad has been added. L.O.P. = 13.625". Checkered pistol grip, buttstock and forearm. Blue finish. > Item Details
Unissued Mounted Cavalry Trousers,
Lot # 446 - Unissued Mounted Cavalry Trousers,
ca 1930. Three original cloth tags still affixed to waistband including size 34, and two maker's tags; B. Kremen & Co.669-671 Roosevelt Row Chicago, Ill. > Item Details
Percussion Pistol,
Lot # 555 - Percussion Pistol,
.44 caliber, 11" round barrel, maple stock. Left handed back-action percussion lock. > Item Details
Over and Under Percussion Rifle by <i>D. Beck</i> of Bath, NY,
Lot # 223 - Over and Under Percussion Rifle by D. Beck of Bath, NY,
.40 caliber rifled top barrel, .56 caliber smooth bore bottom barrel, 30.25" barrels, brass patch box and star inlay. > Item Details
* Winchester Model 12 Shotgun,
Lot # 529 - * Winchester Model 12 Shotgun,
ca 1924. 12 gauge, 30" full choke nickel steel barrel, serial number 375061. Walnut stocks. > Item Details
American Skinning Knife by <i>Robeson,</i>
Lot # 592 - American Skinning Knife by Robeson,
5.75" spear point blade stamped Robeson Cutlery Co. Rochester, NY. Wood handle with pewter inlays. Leather sheath. > Item Details
Springfield Model 1884 Rifle,
Lot # 59 - Springfield Model 1884 Rifle,
.45-70 caliber, 32.5" barrel with V.P. and eagle barrel proofs. Serial number 230754. Large A on top of the barrel. Walnut stock with SWP/1889 cartouche and circle P for a firing proof. > Item Details
<i>A. Ball & Bro. Makers 85 Market St. Chicago, ILL</i> Faro Case Keeper,
Lot # 146 - A. Ball & Bro. Makers 85 Market St. Chicago, ILL Faro Case Keeper,
12" x 11.5" unfolded. Card images from the suit of spades in the center and flanked by seven groups of red and white bone chips on right side and six similar sets on the left. > Item Details
Colt Model 1889 Double-Action Revolver,
Lot # 543 - Colt Model 1889 Double-Action Revolver,
1895 date of mfg. .38 caliber, 4.5" barrel, blue finish, serial number 19044. Hard rubber grips. > Item Details
Lot of Two North Russia <i>Polar Bear</i> Cloth Insignias,
Lot # 179 - Lot of Two North Russia Polar Bear Cloth Insignias,
first insignia has a white wool felt Polar Bear on white wool felt upward slope, on black wool felt background. Second insignia is white cotton with blue silkscreen Polar Bear, as printed by the American Red Cross in the Sentinel newspaper and issued to 339th Infantry and 1st Battalion, 310th Engine... > Item Details
English Bowie Knife by <i>Corsan Denton,</i>
Lot # 203 - English Bowie Knife by Corsan Denton,
5" spear point blade marked on ricasso Corsan Denton, Burdekin & Co. Silver pommel and quillon with pearl handle. Leather sheath embossed with gold and marked Faith. German silver tip and throat. > Item Details
Polar Bear WWI Medic's Tunic,
Lot # 171 - Polar Bear WWI Medic's Tunic,
OD green wool, with U.S. and Medic collar disks having the distinctive Polar Bear patch on right sleeve with PFC stripes and overseas chevron. A very rare medic's white embroidered band with a red cross. The larger medical components of AEFNR included the 337th Ambulance Company, 337th Field Hospita... > Item Details
NCO German Dress Bayonet,
Lot # 481 - NCO German Dress Bayonet,
9.5" plated metal blade with metal scabbard. > Item Details
Springfield Model 1847 Artillery Musketoon,
Lot # 39 - Springfield Model 1847 Artillery Musketoon,
.69 caliber, 26" round barrel, dated 1855 on barrel and lock. Barrel with V.P. and eagle proofs. Burnished bright metal. Walnut stock. This is an arsenal-converted Sappers & Miner musketoon for artillery. > Item Details
Oil on Board Painting of an Indian War Camp Scene,
Lot # 144 - Oil on Board Painting of an Indian War Camp Scene,
9.5" x 15" image of nine soldiers outside their tents at dusk in a wooded setting perhaps Yosemite Valley, CA. Verso with art supply label that reads F.W. Devoe & Co. New York. Gilded wood frame. > Item Details
ITEMS 1-20 of 20