1882 Spencer

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  1. Johnny

    Johnny Misanthropist Supporting Member

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    I am wondering if anyone can put a round about value on this? I have had it for many years but recently started thinking about it again and hauled it out of the safe to see what we can find out about it. I looked and asked around a little about 10 years ago with little luck.

    This is a wild one, on several levels, the Spencer name is obviously well known for his rifle but not much talk about the 1882.

    So here is my honest to goodness, made in Windsor, Ct Spencer 1882,

    SN 28xx, not a Bannerman and it does not appear to be a Damascus barrel.

    The crazy part is that it is a presentation gun given by C M Spencer on Jan 1 1922 and he died Jan 14 1922

    The only real flaw is the dovetail on the front of the magazine tube is extremely loose in the barrel.

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    Christopher Miner Spencer
    (June 20, 1833 – January 14, 1922)
    Around 1882, Spencer started a new company, the Spencer Arms Company, in Windsor, Connecticut. Its most remarkable product was likely the Spencer Pump-Action Shotgun. Produced between 1882 and 1889, this was the first commercially successful slide-action (or pump-action) shotgun. Most were manufactured in 12-gauge with 10-gauge being an uncommon variant. Once again faced with financial hardships, Spencer's company and his patents were purchased circa 1890 by Francis Bannerman & Sons of New York who continued to manufacture his shotgun until around 1907.

    Hugh Smiley Mohonk connection
    The property has been owned and operated by descendants of the Smiley brothers since 1869. The Smiley brothers envisioned a peaceful retreat where people spectacular setting.
     
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  2. BloodRunsThicker

    BloodRunsThicker Still Kicking Supporting Member

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    This is something that is worth a paid appraiser and insured there after in my opinion. I would do some internet research and see if perhaps Rock Island Auction company can point you to a proper appraiser for this. Good luck. That's a beautifully preserved piece

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    The barrel appears to have been buffed and reblued. No idea on the value, but that won't help it.

    Neat piece, nonetheless.
     
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    Johnny Misanthropist Supporting Member

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    Necro bump for discussion.

    I have, as usual done nothing about this. Thought maybe some fresh faces on the forum might find it interesting.
     
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    JustKeepSwimming House Dad Extraordinaire Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    My son is named Spencer. I will trade you 100 top notch quality memes for it :D

    Very cool piece of history!
     
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    NCLivingBrit Clueless Protoplasm Supporting Member

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    I'll give you half a bag of dog food.
     
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    Short Fuse Well-Known Member Charter Member Supporting Member

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    I would put it around $600 since it is a early version. I am adding value for it being a presentation gun but at the same time it is very well used and probably has been refinished.
     
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    Johnny Misanthropist Supporting Member

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    Spencer is great name, unless your last name is also Spencer.

    The memes deal sounds awesome but I wouldn't have the slightest idea what to do with them.

    I would jump on this if you were closer.
     
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    Johnny Misanthropist Supporting Member

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    Thank you ,
     
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    Alfred E. Deplorabus Unum Supporting Member

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    I'd contact the Smiley family today at Mohonk Mtn House in NY- from what I see online its still in hands of the Smiley extended family. Maybe they would want a display piece for the resort. Unless they are from the snowflake side of the mountain.
     
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    Cherry's fine guns in Greensboro might be able to help you out. 336-854-4182
     
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