Spencer Repeating Rifle, possibly a Sporting Rifle; It is difficult to pinpoint exactly which model it is as it shares commonalities with the Spencer 1860, Spencer 1865, Spencer New Model, and Spencer Sporting Rifle. It is in good condition with 60% original finish. 4/5 Bore. 4/5 Stock. Light pitting throughout the bore. Furniture is non-serialized. Receiver is case-hardened and has a variety of coloring, with some areas darker than others. The hammer, trigger bar, and the lever have dark coloration. There is also a few small areas with light pitting and handling marks throughout the receiver. Barrel has limited original bluing remaining, with a brown patina throughout. Sport-type front sight is easily moved by hand but it does stay on the barrel. All assembly screws have various levels of tooling marks. An inspection of the bolt shows that this has been converted from rimfire to centerfire. The rear sight appears to be an original ladder sight that has been cut. The shell ejection ramp is a screw-on type. It lacks a magazine cut-off found with the Spencer New Model.
A "G" is stamped in the underside of the stock, A repair is found on the left side of the stock at the middle of the butt; repair does not extend to the right side. There is also a plug on the left side of the stock where the stock meets the receiver. This appears to be a modification to delete the saddle ring. The forearm is short, without a barrel band, and features a sling mount on the end.
Top of the receiver is stamped with:
RIFLE CO, BOSTON MASS
PAT'D MARCH 6, 1860
No visible military stamps nor cartouches are found on the rifle.
The approximately 24" barrel is threaded into the receiver. Top of the barrel at the base is stamped with "NM", indicating that it is a "New Model" barrel. There is also a timing mark between the barrel and receiver. The barrel's bore has six lands and grooves and appears to be chambered for .50-70 Government, which is consistent with the centerfire conversion on the bolt.
Antique; no import engraving.