December 04, 2019 10:00 AM EST Cincinnati


Rare Early Model 1873 Springfield Trapdoor Carbine

.45-70 caliber, 22" barrel, S/N 13936 (mfg. ca 1874). Blued and color case hardened finish, walnut stock with 9" comb and solid musket style buttplate. Lock plate marked with {Spread-Winged Eagle} and U.S. / SPRINGFIELD / 1873. High-arch breech block marked MODEL / 1873 / {EAGLE HEAD} / {CROSSED ARROWS} / US. No proofs on barrel, as is correct. Reverse wrist with script Erskine S. Allin ESA cartouche in an oval, with a fancy {Circle-P} firing proof in the stock behind the triggerguard. Three-click tumbler, smooth trigger, sling bar inlet into counterpane with 1.053" OD sling ring (.745" ID). 1873 pattern stepped side rear sight graduated to 500 yards on the right wall and 1200 yards on the ladder, musket-style front sight with block base and blade. No hole under buttplate. Single barrel band marked "U" without stacking swivel. The name L GOODMAN is stamped into the stock, forward of the triggerguard, the significance of which is unknown. A fine condition and very scarce example of an early 1873 Trapdoor carbine from the second year of production.


Fine. Retains a significant amount of thinned blue on the barrel with some scattered patches of surface oxidation and a thumb sized patch of minor surface roughness near the muzzle. Receiver and breech block with strong traces of the dull blacked case colors typical of these pre-1877 production Trapdoors. All markings clear and crisp, fine cartouche and firing proof. Mechanically functional, very good to excellent bore, bright and shiny. Stock with scattered bumps, dings, minor marks and bruises. A really wonderful early production 1873 carbine with a fine short-comb stock.

Estimate: $3,500 - $6,500
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