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Springfield Trapdoor floor Lamp

Posted by Michael H. Collins on Saturday, 3 August 2013, at 10:43 p.m.

The other day a friend of mine gave me a Springfield Trapdoor Floor lamp. It's made from a 50.70 full length rifle. The lock plate is dated 1868.Complete with original sling and cleaning rod. The top tang on the butt plate is stamped with a large seven. The muzzel end of the barrel is threaded for a sleeve so that the light fixture can screw on to the muzzle. The shade is fashioned after an old drum. The rifle is totally complete. All parts and springs are in place. The buttplate has a round metal floor peg riveted into it and two rought iron legs forming an ornate V are screwed into the stock for two legs. The butt serving as the third leg. Nice cartouches and rack marks on the stock. No serial number. The cord is shot and the bore looks pretty good however they drilled a hole into the barrel and stock to thread the cord up through it. Nice gun. Original sights etc. The light fixture takes a bulb that's bigger than the standard ones of today.

What do I have here and who would do such a thing to a nice old trapdoor? Any help from the experts would be appreciated. Sincerely, Michael H. Collins


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