The Spencer .52 caliber, repeating carbine, one of the later Spencer short arms, was invented and patented by Manchester, Connecticut native Christopher M. Spencer. This Civil War specimen is an example of the 1st Model Spencer seven-shot carbine with the improved modifications that were added later in the war. The U.S. government contracted for a total of over 95,000 Spencer carbines during the war with 65,000 made at Spencer’s Boston, MA factory and 30,000 of the weapons made at the Burnside Rifle Company in Rhode Island. The first Spencer carbine contract to the government was July 13, 1863 and the first delivery made to the Ordnance Dept on October 3, 1863.
This carbine bears a serial #7,867, weighs 8 lbs. 4 oz., and has an overall length of 39”. Has a 22” long round barrel fitted to a two-piece, oiled walnut stock / forearm that is in very good condition with minor dings and dents scattered throughout. There is even a hint of saddle wear on the butt. Stock has very faint cartouche marks visible. The bore is good with light surface dirt. A nice overall representative example with good rifling.
Inventory Number: RIF 109 / Sold