December 04, 2019 10:00 AM EST Cincinnati


Springfield Model 1873 Trapdoor Carbine

.45-70 caliber, 22" barrel, S/N 35380 (mfg. ca 1875). 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. Two-click tumbler, smooth trigger, sling bar inlet into counterpane with 1.07" 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" with stacking swivel. A fine condition and scarce example of an 1873 Trapdoor carbine from the third year of production.


Fine. Retains a significant amount of thinning blue on the barrel with some scattered patches of surface oxidation and finish loss that gives the barrel a mottled appearance in some areas. There is some minor surface roughness in some of the areas of finish loss. 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, excellent bore, bright and shiny. Stock with scattered bumps, dings, minor marks and bruises. There is some minor surface flaking with minute wood loss forward of the lock mortise and around the rear sling bar mount. Some remnants of feathery texture remain on the butt and wrist. A really attractive and solid example 1873 carbine with a very nice short-comb stock.

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
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