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Model 1873 First Model Springfield Carbine,

.45-70 caliber, 22" barrel with no proofs and square barrel tenon, original first type '73 carbine rear sight, pinned front sight, serial number 42431. First style lockplate with coarse knurled hammer and 1873 dated lockplate, front band with no stacking swivel. Long wrist short comb stock. First type buttplate.

This firearm has been in the same family since 1921. The consignor's grandfather most likely purchased this firearm at the Oake's Home in Denver, CO. The Oake's home was a famous tuberculosis clinic that flourished from 1893-1939. It was customary for locals to donate items to help fund the hospital. The grandfather kept this firearm through the Depression and the rest of his lifetime with the firm belief that this was an important historic firearm.

Condition:All metal surfaces are a brown patina with just a hint of traces of original finish and covered in a light storage crust. Bore could be cleaned out to better, but grades good. Stock is covered in nicks and dings from use with fully visible "ESA" cartouche on left side of stock. Firing proof circle "P" behind triggerguard. Stock has never been cleaned and still retains the open grained look. Missing the saddle ring.

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$3,450
04/29/2009

 

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