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Springfield Model 1873 Carbine Marked to the 9th US Cavalry

.45-70 caliber, 22" barrel, S/N 75452 (mfg. ca 1877). Blued and color case hardened finish, walnut stock with 10.5" comb and solid musket-style buttplate. Narrow 1873 type receiver. Lock plate marked with {spread-winged eagle} and U.S. / SPRINGFIELD / 1873. High-arch breech block marked U.S. / MODEL / 1873. No proofs on barrel other than a small P and L inspection marks. 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, along with the stamped initials A.L. Triggerguard tang with old marking that reads: G. 9 CAV.Y 33, suggesting that it was once in the possession of the 9th US Cavalry, Company G and issued to trooper number 33. Three-click tumbler, smooth trigger, sling bar inlet into counterpane with 1.06" OD sling ring (.74" 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. Single barrel band marked "U" with stacking swivel. Solid butt without storage compartment. A very late Model 1873 carbine produced in early 1877, likely one of the last such guns manufactured as Springfield transitioned to the Model 1877 carbine. Although this particular carbine is not listed in the Springfield Research Service database, carbines #75200, 75458 and 75473 are listed and all were issued to the 9th US Cavalry, making the attribution more likely. The 9th US cavalry was one of the famed regiments of African American "Buffalo Soldiers" serving on the American frontier, who spent most of the late 1860s through early 1880s "pacifying" the Native Americans in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico and were heavily engaged against the Apaches during that period.

Condition:

Very good. Barrel with some thinning blue, mixed with a mostly smooth plum brown patina. Metal with some scattered surface oxidation and some minor roughness on the barrel near the muzzle. Receiver with some dull mottled color. Markings clear, cartouche appears to be re-stamped, mechanically functional, very good bore with scattered oxidation and some dirt and dust. Stock with scattered bumps, dings and mars, as well as a few tiny surface chips forward of the sling bar mounts.

Starting Price: $1,200
Estimate: $2,500 - $5,000
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