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Re: Model 1868

Posted by Pete Nelson on Wednesday, 28 April 2010, at 9:59 p.m., in response to Model 1868, posted by Bob on Wednesday, 28 April 2010, at 7:59 p.m.

Good evening, Bob,

I checked all (4) VOLUMES of the SRS "SERIAL NUMBERS OF U.S. MARTIAL ARMS", and your S/N 23858 is not listed.

But VOLUME-1 does list S/N 23706 as a Model "68R" with a date-of-record of 02-14-1871 and associated with the 6th Infantry as (DAMAGED).

In VOLUME-2 they list S/N 24186 as a "68R" with a date of 08-03-1878, associated with the 11th Infantry, and also reported as (DAMAGED).

In VOLUME-3 I found (3) Model 1868 Rifles involved in the Nickel-Plating Tests conducted at, or for, the Springfield Armory: S/Ns 22433, 27156, and 27202, all with dates-of-record of 03e-17-1871. There were several Nickel-Plating firms which did experimental Nickel-Plating for corrosion protection, and some was actually done by Armory personnnel. Apparently none of the plating work was judged satisfactory, and (I believe) that the tests were discontinued.

And finally, I found a group of (6) Model 1868 Rifles listed with dates-of-record of 01-29-1892 which are exhibited (The "SPAR Tag Number" is the catalog reference for the Museum records) in the Springfield Armory Museum collection:

24356 [SPAR #5773]; 25121 [SPAR # 5796]; 25254 [SPAR #6996]; 5708 [SPAR #5726]; 30776 [SPAR #1080]; and 33290 [SPAR #5782].Further down the page was a large group of Model 1868 Rifles listed as associated with the PITTSBURGH-, washington WASHINGTON MILITIA TO THE DUQUESNE GREYS (they were, I believe, a military drill group here in the Pittsburgh, PA area - -but there was also a "GREYS" baseball team here in the early days of the game which may have been part of the old "Negro League" which played for the town of Duquesne, Pennsylvania. They certainly warrants some further research, so I'll see what I can find. Duquesne was a bustling steel town back in the old days when steel was king here in the Pittsburgh area.

Sorry I couldn't find an exact "hit" on your serial number 23859, but thanks for your question.

PETE


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