#915- 1870 Springfield

Here is one for the books. This 1870 Springfield 50/70 came off the nearby Ute reservation, finally pried it away from the collector who recovered it from “an old indian” decades ago. You can see it’s in ratty condition,  bore corroded, beat up and well used with fore-stock amputated, a fore sight replacement and a beautiful original rawhide repair on the wrist, black with sweaty hands and use over many years. The 7th Cavalry was here  1864-1902 and this gun could well have originated there. They were called ‘buffalo soldiers’ then and since as many of them were black. If you want something really Indian, this as close as you can get, the rawhide repair is obviously old and original and it came from the right place. 

Of  course, the old thing is for sale, I want $600. Make me an offer.

$600, or best offer