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This was on Proxy bid sold for 26K,
Posted by Steven Gabrielli on Friday, 28 October 2011, at 8:14 a.m., in response to Re: little John's auction on icollector.com, posted by Dick Hosmer on Friday, 28 October 2011, at 1:03 a.m.
This was from the first post directing us to Proxy bid. I cut and pasted it here, sold for 26K, rip off if you ask me, but what do I know?
Springfield First Model Trapdoor carbine, .45-70 caliber with all early first type features, serial #17464 in desirable Custer range, probably in group issued to 7th Cavalry at the time of The Little Big Horn. Refer Custer Battle Guns by JohnS. duMont, pages 87-88 where Chief of Ordinance notes lists 17485 and 17490 as government recaptured from insurgent Indians and several other guns in the 17400 range noted later in the text. The gun remains in original good to verygood condition showing 30-40% thinning blue on barrel, some scattered light erosion and pinprick pitting. There are traces of case hardening on the breech and lockplate going to a patina. The stock is good to very good and shows correct long wrist and the outline of a cartouche, some even wear and faint evidence of “P” in circle behind triggerguard. The carbine shows correct early split band, sight, early triggerguard, 1873 lock marking, and long wrist with correct buttplate.The action is good, bore is slightly rough and has seen use. As close as a collector can hope to get to The Little Bighorn without ballistic testing. Dr. Sterling Fenn collection.
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