Re: SN&WTC 1863 type 1 Springfield 2 band
Kinda, sorta, mosrly...
Being polite here....that is an inventive, incorrect, and misleading "label" description.
Samuel Norris and W. T. Clement of Springfield, MASS received several contracts for "Springfield Rifle-Muskets" directly from Massachusetts in 1863 and 1864. It is believed, but not confirmed, that the first were for M1861's and the second for M1863 RM's. The 1863 contract called for 2,000, the 1864 for 1,000. However, the AG's report for 1864, citing the Master of Ordnance's report said that "11,000 Springfield Rifle Muskets & Appendages were purchased. At a cost of $206,112.50 or averaging $18.75 per stand.
The number of surviving S. N. & W. T. C. M1861 and M1863 would appear to support that over the 3,000 number.
In addition there are numbers found of So-called "artillery rifles" with 31 inch barrels with inspector's 8ntials of 'I.F.R." on the barrels but no stock stamps.
Some believe, conjecture these were made up specifically for some unknown Massachusetts regiment, likely artillery (because of the hobby/collector view of the concept of 'artillery rifle."
Others believe, conject, that these and other Springfield and contractor made M1861's, M1863's, "M1864's" were not artillery arms (ordnance reports do not appear to support large numbers of rifles in the hands of artillerymen) and are, instead, just post War surplus RM's docked and shortened for military school or national guard use.
Last edited by Curt Schmidt; 09-20-2013 at 05:51 PM.
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