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Posted by D Leat on Tuesday, 23 November 2010, at 6:21 p.m., in response to Re: Springfield, posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 23 November 2010, at 2:06 p.m.
Hello Dick Hosmer - Since you've replied to my post, do you have any historical information on the 1839 Springfield? Or could you possibly direct me to where I could find some information on it. I've searched quite a few sites on the web and haven't found information specific to the 1839. In my search, I came across this site and query this morning.
Mine is not in the shape I would expect a collector to be interested in particularly, I am just interested in finding out more about it. It has been with my family at least back to my great-grandparents.
Answering some of the questions you asked Frank Guzauskas : Barrel length - 42", including screw tang 44". 3 barrel bands (including the end one with sight and bayonet lock slot). As far as I can tell, its the original flintlock. No missing parts, ramrod intact. Full length with bayonet attached: 74"
Markings: (1) Metal end cap on butt: "US". (2) Barrel Top: tang - "184" (maybe a digit missing), slightly forward: "1, eagle head, P". (3) Bottom - under trigger mechanism: front "CBC", back "C". Back of this in wood: "oval with initials" - possibly AH or RH, and "US". (4) Lockplate side (right): "SPRINGFIELD 1839" rear, "US" forward. (5) Opposite side (left): on metal strip "S", rear of this on wood, "oval with unreadable initials".
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