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Early Militaria Collections / U.S. Model 1855 Pistol-Carbine

Lot 156
U.S. Model 1855 Pistol-Carbine
Springfield Armory, 1855
28 September 2022, 10:00 EDT
Skinner Marlborough

Sold for US$3,760 inc. premium

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U.S. Model 1855 Pistol-Carbine
Springfield Armory, 1855

12 in., .58 caliber round rifled barrel with octagonal breech, the left flat with "V/P" and eagle's head proof marks, two-leaf folding rear sight graduated to 400 yards, and blade front sight; flat lock marked "1855" on the tail an "U.S./SPRINGFIELD" in front of the compartment for a Maynard tape primer with spread wing eagle on the door; walnut stock with a trace of a cartouche below the rear side nail; iron back strap on the grip, brass furniture including a butt cap numbered "15," a trigger guard with lanyard ring, barrel retaining band with sling swivel, and nose cap; steel swivel rammer; the walnut stock with brass fitting numbered "15" for attaching to the pistol, brass butt plate marked "U.S." on the top, and brass mount on the bottom for the rear sling swivel.
Pistol overall lg. 18, stock overall lg. 12 1/2 in.


The Springfield Armory manufactured 4,021 pistol-carbines between 1855-1857. They were issued to U.S. cavalry and dragoon regiments as a weapon that could be used as a pistol while on horseback or as a carbine when the trooper was dismounted.

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