Springfield Model 1884 Cadet Trapdoor Rifle

.45-70, 29.5" barrel, S/N 392146 (mfg. ca1888). Blued finish, color case hardened breech block, smooth straight-gripped walnut stock. Breech block marked  US / MODEL / 1884. Lock marked with {Spread-Winged Eagle} and US / SPRINGFIELD. Barrel with V / P / {Eagle Head} / P proofs and with an additional small I. Low arch breech, two-piece triggerguard, grooved trigger with checkered tip, solid buttplate, 3-click tumbler. 1884 pattern Buffington rear sight, musket type front sight that serves as lug for angular bayonet. Swelled shank slotted-head cleaning rod with single retention groove. Stock with a legible SWP/1890 cartouche on the counterpane and two {Circle-P} firing proofs behind the triggerguard. Retains both sling swivels and stacking swivel. Includes an apparently period US M1887 leather sling.

Provenance:From the Collection of Charlie Hinton


Fine. Retains some blue on the barrel which has thinned and faded and blended nicely with a plum brown patina. All markings remain clear and crisp in metal, slightly softer in wood. Mechanically functional, fine bright bore. Stock crisp with scattered bumps, dings, mars and a few surface scuffs. A very nice example of a late 19th century US cadet rifle.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
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