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    Model 1865 Springfield Rifle Captured by Warriors in the Opening Battle of the Nez Perce War, 1877. No visible number, .50 caliber, 36 5/8-inch barrel. Also known as the Second Model Allin Trapdoor. Originally with three barrel bands. Breechblock is marked "1866 over [American Eagle]". Lockplate marked "[American Eagle] and U.S. Springfield". Behind hammer marked "1865" on lockplate. Cartouche mark present. Embellished with Indian tacks throughout. According to Flayderman's, gun designed by Erskine S. Allin, Made c. 1866 with a total of about 25,000 altered Springfields using Model 1863 percussion muskets.

    The Nez Perce family who owned it said that it had been recovered at the Battle of White Bird Canyon, fought in Idaho Territory on June 17, 1877. Elements of the 1st U.S. Cavalry commanded by Captain David Perry were badly beaten by Nez Perce warriors led by Chief Joseph. The Army lost 34 killed, including one officer. The Nez Perce confirmed their reputation as the finest marksmen among the Indians of the northern Plains.

    Condition: Fair as configured. Heavy mottled gray patina on most metal parts with heavy concentration near muzzle and breech area. Surface rust present. Wood has been cut and modified, heavy wear, mars, scuffs and dings throughout. Tacks present. Action functions but very worn and pitted. Bore dark.
    From the Glenwood Swanson Collection.

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    June, 2018
    9th Saturday
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