SCARCE NEW MODEL 1859 SHARPS CARBINE – NAVY PURCHASE

$2,600.00

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Item Code: 172-5753

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The most famous, single-shot, percussion firearm used during the Civil War was the Sharps carbine, a .52 caliber, breechloading firearm invented and patented by Hartford, Connecticut native Christian Sharps. Presented here is an example of the New Model 1859 Sharps carbine that features serial number 44274 and was part of small Navy procurement of these carbines.

Carbine has a 21½” long round barrel and a “straight-breech” type lockplate fitted to its walnut shoulder stock and fore stock. The worn markings found on top of the barrel are “SHARPS RIFLE / MANUFG. CO / HARTFORD, CONN.” in front of the sight and “NEW MODEL 1859” behind the sight. The bore is dirty with worn rifling.  All gunmetal is in good condition with smooth surfaces dotted with small patches of pin point pitting. Dark patina overall. Patent stamps are present. Sharps patent stamps appear on the lock plate and left side of receiver. Lawrence patent stamps appear on lock plate and on the base of the rear, flip-up sight. Serial number stamped onto the upper tang of the receiver. Breechblock operating lever mechanics operate smoothly. Hammer / trigger mechanics are good.

As a Navy pattern, there is no swivel or saddle ring and bar. The space for the swivel on the underside was filled in with screws and a piece of leather. Unfortunately, some previous owner tried to attach a ring and saddle bar, leaving an impression in the stock, not realizing that there was no hole available to attach front end of bar to receiver.

Wood tone is good with deep, rich patina. Small dings overall from use and a repaired break at the wrist. Other evidence of the break is the missing “lever latch” on underside and a break on the receiver tang topside. Features the iron patchbox in stock. A red (1st Division) 6th Corps insignia is deeply cut in to shoulder stock.

This is a well-worn specimen of a scarce version of a favorite Civil War carbine.  [jet] [ph:L]

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