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****** 10th Cavalry Buffalo Soldier Spencer Carbine, marked Company K, Tenth Cavalry*** : Auction-jsanderson-2213

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Inventory Number 7984123319
Seller jeffanderson (35)
Seller's Location Grove City, OH
Home Page AG
Shipping Weight 12 lbs
Packing and Materials $50.00
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Auction ends July 08, 2020 7:45 PM MDT
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Auction Description

Indian Wars Spencer Carbine issued to the famous Buffalo Soldiers Tenth Cavalry, with rare unit and company markings

By the end of the Civil War, the Army’s most popular cavalry carbine was the Spencer Model 1860 carbine, a seven shot cartridge breech loader. In addition to the improved “Spencer Model 1865” model from the Spencer Rifle Company and the Spencers made by the Burnside Rifle Company (all delivered after the Civil War ended,) the Army refurbished a good many of these Civil War Model 1860s for use by the troopers in the Indian Wars of the 1860s and 1870s. My Spencer Model 1860 carbine is one of the rare ones marked as property of a particular unit, Company K of the 10th Cavalry on the right side of the buttstock. The marking also shows it was assigned rack number 9.

The Tenth Cavalry was comprised of African American soldiers, with white officers, and they, along with the Ninth Cavalry, were given the nickname Buffalo Soldiers which coined by the Indians they fought.

Although popular with the troops, the Spencer action could not be adapted to take the longer .50-70 cartridge that has been chosen as the standard frontier carbine cartridge, and the Sharps single shot carbine was modified to take this cartridge and eventually replaced the Spencer. The single-shot trapdoor Springfield replaced the Sharps. These Spencer carbines were the main carbine of the frontier cavalry in the early post-War days, and it has been suggested that if Custer’s men had been able to keep their seven-shot Spencer carbines instead of the single shot trapdoors they carried to the Little Big Horn, things would have worked out more in Custer’s favor.

This Spencer still retains most of its barrel blue, and the receiver still shows the case color finish. The bore has strong sharp rifling, having just a bit of the frosted surface seen in black powder bores. The serial number of 35791 matches on the receiver and bottom of the barrel, as it should.

It is rare to have a any frontier cavalry arms marked to a unit as this was discouraged by Army regulations. I have seen three other arms with these same Company K, 10th Cavalry markings, two other Spencers and one Colt 1860 Army revolver.

The mechanics on this are crisp, and it is a much better than usual example of a veteran of the post-Civil War frontier cavalry. But the fact that we know this one was carried by a 10th Cavalry Buffalo Soldier adds special helping of history to this Carbine. I’ve always collected items that speak to me (and any collector, I believe), and if someone doesn’t step forward to be the next caretaker of this historic Spencer, I will be glad to keep it for myself!

I am offering it for sale locally and elsewhere, so consider using the Buy it Now feature.

You may email me directly at jsanderson@columbus.rr.com





















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Shipping costs will be different depending on where I am shipping to. That means that the shipping costs listed in my auctions are an estimate based on averages, but once you have won the auction, I will send you the actual cost of shipping.

All items that I sell will have a 3-day inspection with full sales price refund minus all shipping charges when returned in same condition as shipped. ALL items are sold in USED AS-IS condition and as "Collector Curios and Antiques" with NO guarantees, warranties, or liabilities implied or given for shooting or any other use. ANY inferences or comments made by me as to shooting condition is for informational description purposes ONLY and is NOT meant or intended to be a guarantee or inference of the item's safety for firing!!


Payment MUST be in either a bank Cashiers Check or Money Order ONLY. Payment must be received within ten-days of any finalized deal or ended auction.


I will ship outside of the US, but it is not possible to fully insure items once they are outside of the U.S. postal system...but if the buyer accepts this responsibility of possible damage or loss, and if he checks his Customs laws and is legal to import this particular antique weapon, then I MAY ship outside the USA, depending on the country involved. I know the federal laws about shipping antiques, and will follow them always...but you must make sure that it is legal for you where you live to receive and possess the item you want to buy. Please e-mail for any unclear terms.


You can email me directly at jsanderson@columbus.rr.com