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Re: 1873 Springfield 'Custer Era' SN

Posted by Dana Spencer on Tuesday, 22 November 2011, at 1:31 a.m., in response to Re: 1873 Springfield 'Custer Era' SN, posted by Dick Hosmer on Saturday, 19 November 2011, at 11:38 a.m.

Thank you, Mr. Homer, for your considerations and response. I do sincerely appreciate your interest and time. My only caveat, perhaps, is that I am clearly very new to the world of Civil War era guns. Despite the obvious learning curve I face, I still very much seek to endeavor the greatest understanding of that which has been passed down to me. Besides perusing a few publications written on the subject, which the intention to order one or more shortly, perhaps my only saving grace (pertaining to that which I am about to reveal) is that I am a proved descendant of Christopher Spencer (my father, among other things, is a life-long genealogist and original co-founder of The Spencer Historical & Genealogical Society) and proud owner of a top notch Spencer rifle (then again, some might further discredit me, probably depending on their opinions of Christopher Spencer's wartime contributions, ha!).

So...rather than further belabor my due embarrassment, I will divulge that upon a more thorough investigation I did discover my Springfield Trapdoor is not in fact a serial number 38066 but rather a 380661! I am sure this explains a lot, if not more than I'd shamefully care to admit. Brother...I am green in this department! While I had inspected the breech lock and the trapdoor mechanism thoroughly on several occasions, even fully cocking the hammer, I completely mistook the additional "1" at the end of the serial number for a scratch or indentation. In my defense, especially as the final serial number digit appears flush beneath the hammer's lefthand strike, the final number is oddly worn considerably more so than the preceding five. I got a second opinion, from my wife, and she agreed the final digit was somewhat obscured (she's probably just taking pity on me, ha' for my public blunder). As for that "R", my assumption is that it stands for "range", appearing just to the top right of the sight's engraved numeral "14".

If you are still curious, I would gladly take and send along some photos, as regardless, this firearm is very much in excellent condition, despite. Again, harking back to my initial inquiry, any additional information you or any other members of the forum might have to share regarding the probable use and/or history of this particular model is greatly appreciated. As for a present day value, in lieu of potential forthcoming photos but assuming I am correct in that this gun is in at least very good to excellent condition, I am still interested in any opinions. I cannot part with anything, much less family heirlooms and antiques, and you can bet on it my now 5 year old son will be its proud owner some decades from now just as it was passed to me, but I am still curious. My wife, probably wishes to know for insurance reasons or some such. Frankly, as curiosity regarding it's value aside, I'd really much rather learn more of its likely past, especially in lieu of purchasing the publication(s) I mentioned.

Again, thank you for your time and considerations!


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