.56-56 (.52 caliber bore), 22" barrel, S/N 44845. Blued and color case hardened finish, smooth walnut stock and forend secured by a screw and a single spring-retained barrel band. Matching serial number on barrel, under forend. Top of receiver weakly marked in three lines: SPENCER REPEATING / RIFLE CO. BOSTON MASS / PAT'D MARCH 6, 1860. No cartouche visible on stock. Matching mating mark "8" on lever both parts of the breech block. Post-Civil War M1867 pattern Spencer factory magazine cut-off device added to extractor. Retains M1860 pattern ladder rear sight, German silver front sight blade in fixed base, sling bar and ring at left wrist and single sling swivel in toe of stock. Correct M1860-type magazine follower in butt. Retains original Civil War period .52 caliber 6-groove bore and has not been sleeved.
Very good. Retains some nice thinning blue turning plum on the barrel with some traces of case color on the receiver which has a generally mottled gray and brown appearance with scattered light surface oxidation. Markings on top of receiver light but mostly legible. Mechanically functional, fine bore with some scattered light oxidation. Stock with scattered bumps, dings and mars but remaining fairly crisp and without the usual cracks in the butt associated with the magazine tube. A nice looking Civil War period Spencer that may have been returned to the factory for the magazine cut-off upgrade after the war or have simply been a post-war civilian sale from "new old stock."
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