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Re: Springfield #1873 Carbine
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 6 April 2011, at 12:00 p.m., in response to Re: Springfield #1873 Carbine, posted by Carl Boraiko on Tuesday, 5 April 2011, at 8:31 p.m.
Welcome - the more data we gather, the more we all know.
To answer your question, the answer is "no" - it is not possible to state whether a given carbine was there or not, except by matching it to fired cases from the battlefield. A handful of guns have been so ID'd, and they fetch six figure prices. A few others are known from contemporary records. Beyond that it is all speculation. 17425 was turned turned in by Captain Jackson in 1877 as unserviceable - but, aside from him being from the 7th, there is NO guarantee that IT was at LBH, one year earlier. And further, that receiver is - I believe - presently on a rifle. It was discussed widely here some time back, and I do not recall the ultimate outcome.
I have been keeping a registry of the early carbines for nearly forty years, which now stands at nearly 1100, or about 5% of production.
Sometimes when a number comes up, I have seen it before, but usually not. Yours, however, I have encountered - it was for sale at RIA in April of 2009, and again in 2010, for a VERY substantial sum of money. I logged it then as "questionable" (simply for originality as a carbine - never mind LBH) since it appeared - from the pictures I saw at the time - to have some later parts, etc. I would welcome the opportunity to try and resolve the issue.
Please feel free to email me; but I do warn you that I call things as I see them. Any "problems" will be noted, and described to the best of my ability.
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