John J. Hayes Historical Collectibles

 
1860 Spencer Carbine
1860 Spencer Carbine

This great Civil War Spencer is brand new to the collecting fraternity.  As you can see from the pictures it's been period decorated in what appears to be german silver dome headed nails with the original owners intials and his unit. The sights have been period replaced with the front sight appearing to be made from a copper coin.  In reviewing the National Archive records for the 2nd Iowa Cav. Veteran Volunteers I found only one soldier with these initals in Co. H.  That soldier was Sgt. Henry H. Longwell.  He enlisted 8/14/61 and mustered out on9/19/65.  According to the correspondence I found, the 2nd Iowa Cav. were originally issued Colt Revolving rifles and then replaced them with Spencers carbines. The action needs adjustment as it occassionally hangs up. I just acquired this carbine from a family in Denver, Colorado where it had been for 3 generations. A letter from the grandson states that it had belonged to his grandfather who was a Gold miner in the Idaho Springs area.  I researched this and it checked out( extensive file will come with carbine). How his grandfather(Raleigh Stanhope) acquired this carbine from Henry Longwell is as of yet unknown. A really wonderful Civil War Spencer with much history! 
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