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One of approximately 50,000 Spencer Carbines manufactured between 1863 and 1865. Serial numbers for carbines started at 11,000 and went to 61,000. This one in the 24,000 range would have been made during the first year of manufacture. It remains in fine condition with excellent wood, markings and metal.
It is in original Civil War configuration, escaping the post war alterations done to 11,000 of these firearms.
The 22″ barrel is smooth, having aged to a nice light brown patina. The receiver and balance of metal parts were case hardenend and have also aged to a matching patina, showing mottled remnants of the case hardening. All markings in the metal are excellent, including the company name, and patent dates. The .56 caliber bore is minty. The action is tight and crisp.
The wood is absolutely beautiful on this carbine. Edges are sharp and crisp. Wood to metal fit is perfect. The buttstock is almost unmarred on the right side and has only a few small dings on the left. Two cartouches are visible on the left wrist. All wood is solid with no cracks.
These carbines were issued and used hard during the last two years of the war. Many were issued to western cavalry units after 1865 for use during the Indian Wars. Finding an unaltered example in this exceptional condition is rare.