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Re: 1839 Springfield - was just Springfield
Posted by D Leat on Thursday, 25 November 2010, at 10:33 a.m., in response to Re: 1839 Springfield - was just Springfield, posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 25 November 2010, at 9:29 a.m.
Thank you. You have also helped me to scrutinize my Springfield in more detail. I finally realized I am also missing a rear sight! This is definitely a firearm with no value other than interest. However, I had never looked for a $$ value for it, just its history.
I have conjectured wildly and often about the path of this musket in getting here. There are some family names, initials scratched into the wider part of the stock area. These initials and name are of people born in the early 1860s, therefore my conclusion it must have already been in the family possession when they were older children or teenagers. The only other possibility would be brothers born circa 1830, 1840 - but this seems more unlikely.
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