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Posted by John S. on Friday, 13 May 2022, at 12:39 a.m., in response to History, posted by S E Holz on Thursday, 12 May 2022, at 5:20 p.m.
372349 was probably made in January 1887, and numbers in that range are all standard infantry rifles, not carbines, as far as I can tell. There is no usage history for that number, but data which has survived for nearby numbers show a lot being used in the Spanish American War by various volunteer units. Guns made in 1887 are pretty much near the end of Indian War campaigns, so capture and use by hostiles is unlikely, although not impossible. It is equally possible that someone modified and decorated it for theatrical use or some other reason. While the collector value may be diminished by the modifications unless proven to be real Indian War work it can still have a lot of sentimental value to family members and van be cherished for that reason alone.
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