.52-56 Spencer, 30" barrel retained by three barrel bands, S/N 3985. Blued and color case hardened finish, walnut stock and forend. Standard three-line Spencer address and patent information on top of receiver. The weak shadow of a cartouche is present on the reverse wrist and the sub-inspection mark "H" is present on the left barrel flat and on top of the stock, forward of the buttplate tang. 800-yard rear sight leaf, musket-style front sight/bayonet lug, sling swivels, correct pattern magazine tube. Includes correct pattern US M1860 Spencer socket bayonet that is unmarked except for the inspection letter "L" forward of the mortise. Left side of frame is stamped in individual serif font dies: MARMADUKE G. CONDON. / 6th INDPT. CO. O.V.S.S. A cheek of the Springfield Research Service serial number books did not locate this number, although there are numbers listed for the 6th O.V.S.S. According to Historical Data Systems a Marmaduke Condon did enlist in the 6th Independent Company of Ohio Sharpshooters on February 27, 1864 and was mustered out on July 19, 1865. No further supporting documentation or provenance regarding the marking is provided.
Good. Retains no finish, with a dull gray patina and scattered surface oxidation and discoloration, along with some pitting. Markings remain clear in the metal, with a weak cartouche. Mechanically functional, good bore with scattered pitting. Wood worn showing numerous bumps, dings, scuffs, scares and mars. Bayonet good, chemically cleaned with a dull gray patina.
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