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Re: 1873 Springfield Trapdoor Carbines with the 5 point Star on the Stock
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Friday, 12 September 2014, at 9:54 p.m., in response to Re: 1873 Springfield Trapdoor Carbines with the 5 point Star on the Stock, posted by Michael H. Collins on Friday, 12 September 2014, at 7:47 p.m.
Gun used to belong to a "gunshow aquaintance" (over 25 years or so) of mine, out here in the SF Bay area. Man named John Ritzenthaler - he passed away some monthd back. His guns were handled by Mitch Luksich - how it got to Collectors I do not know, but Mitch travels the entire country. I knew of the carbine, but had never actually seen it.
Actually, I rather like it, but am astounded at the price. The chip at the tang could be quite old, IMHO. The star (which is in the right spot) looks crisper than most. Mine is worn to just a faint shadow.
As to the story of the star, I do not know, but I very much doubt the LBH trophy theory. They are too regular, even though there is absolutely no consistancy in the angles of the rays, either inter OR intra-gun.
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