CIVIL WAR SHARPS & HANKINS NAVY CARBINE

$2,195.00 SOLD
Originally $2,295.00

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Item Code: 218-527

Known as the Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 carbine, this weapon is a wartime .52 caliber breechloading firearm designed by Hartford, Connecticut native Christian Sharps. Presented here is an original example of that design called the ‘Navy’ type carbine which had its barrel covered with black leather as rust protection against the sea elements.  Produced by the Sharps & Hankins firm in Philadelphia, PA, this carbine was chambered for the No. 56 Sharps & Hankins rimfire metallic cartridge.

Short arm measures 38 5/8” long and weighs 8 pounds. By releasing the small finger release tab and operating the lever, the barrel slides forward to accommodate the copper cartridge. The 23 5/8” long, leather-covered barrel has a blade front sight and a typical Civil War ‘tangent style’ rear sight graduated to 800 yards with a leaf that pivots at the front and raises forward in an arc.  The black leather barrel covering is mostly complete; the small portion that covered the sliding hinge at the bottom has been removed. Leather covering the barrel is original and in excellent condition. It is rare to find this leather covering is such good condition.  The surface finish shows a few scuffs, but the finish is nearly complete. The leather sleeve remains unbroken at the two screw heads at the breech, and the leather seam stitching remains strong and tight.

Frame, hammer and operating lever are in excellent working order. Right side of the frame exhibits the distinct address “SHARPS / & / HANKINS / PHILADA” in four lines while the left side frame shows the patent “SHARPS / PATENT / 1859”. Stampings are clear. All lock screws are original and in excellent condition. Serial #7928 is stamped unto the upper plate tang.  Swivel is in place on the underside of stock. This “Navy” model had no carbine ring. Carbine has crisp mechanics. Bore is clean with sharp rifling.

Black walnut stock is good condition with moderate scratching. No inspector’s cartouches, but small sub-inspector stamp “K” on the underside between the trigger guard tang and swivel. Brass butt plate untouched with a mellow color.

This Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 rimfire carbine is an exceptional example of a Civil War Federal Navy arm and would surely enhance any naval display or collection of arms. A true rarity with the leather finish in such good condition.   [jet]

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