RARE MODEL 1859 SHARPS CARBINE PURCHASED BY US NAVY

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Item Code: 172-4282

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This Model 1859 Sharps carbine was made by the Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company of Hartford, Connecticut circa 1859 to 1862. This weapon is a straight-breech, .52 caliber percussion, single shot breechloader fitted with iron furniture including the patchbox. The serial number and lack of a saddle bar and ring makes it one of a small number purchased by the US Navy in early 1861. This weapon bears serial #44274 putting it near the top of the serial range purchased by the Navy.

The weapon measures 39” long overall and features a 22” long round barrel mated to a two-piece black walnut stock that has not been cleaned or sanded. All gunmetal bears a uniform dark, almost black patina.

Barrel has very light pinprick pitting scattered in spots over its surface. It is stamped with a weak “NEW MODEL 1859” between the breech and the original folding rear sight. Maker’s three-line address is forward of rear sight and is visible but very thin from wear. Rifling is weak and the bore is dirty and pitted. May clean up a little. The single iron barrel band is present and matches the barrel surface in color perfectly.

Lockplate, breech and hammer are dark to match the rest of the iron on the weapon. Action is sloppy. The hammer holds at half-cock but full-cock is very close to the half-cock position and not further to the rear as is normal. Breech and lockplate have light pitting and strong markings. Sliding breech lock is missing from behind triggerguard.

Entire stock shows wear. There are two old gouges. One by the forearm screw and the other on top of the butt. There are also several small closed cracks between the barrel tang and lockplate.  Wood surface displays moderate dents and scratches. Also visible on the side opposite the lock are two holes where a saddle bar and ring were removed. It should be pointed out that the weapon came from the factory without the saddle bar which someone added later and then removed. You can tell this because no mortise was cut in the stock to make the base of the bar flush with the wood like was done at the factory.  Stock also exhibits a deeply carved Greek cross or perhaps a 6th Corps badge on the right side of the butt. No cartouches are visible. Iron patchbox opens and closes easily.   [ad]

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