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    M1860, Seven Shot .52 Caliber Rimfire Spencer Repeating Rifle, #5538, Showing Signs of Mounted Use with ID to the 123rd Ill., Part of Wilder's "Mounted Infantry Brigade." Descended through the family of Oscar F. Sammis, (see Moore's Patent Revolver elsewhere in this catalog) the rifle bears the well worn remains of an inscription on the top of the barrel, between the middle and rear bands, the last portion of which is clearly "123 (Ill)" The 123d, upon joining Wilder's Brigade on May 6, 1863, was armed with Spencers, and was heavily engaged for the remainder of the war, including Chickamauga, Resaca, Kennesaw, and New Hope Church, as well as numerous mounted raids and small unit actions, losing eighty-five men killed and mortally wounded. The gun exhibits a smooth dark untouched patina overall with just some small patches of old scattered surface rust. Mechanically perfect, very good bore, excellent markings. Missing the front sling swivel (possibly removed during the period of use), else complete and original in every respect. The wood, which has a nice dark rich patina, shows clear evidence of mounted use, with heavily worn areas behind the middle band, and the last 2" between the front band and nose cap, both on the left side. There is also evidence on the left side, at the lock screw, of a lanyard/sling device, again obviously period. A great Civil War Spencer, showing clear evidence of substantial "in the saddle" use, identified to a very heavily fought regiment.

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    December, 2009
    12th Saturday
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