SHARPS AND HANKINS NAVY CARBINE

$2,995.00

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Item Code: 172-5792

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This is very good example of the single-shot, breech-loading .52 Caliber rimfire Sharps and Hankins Navy Carbine, also known as the Model 1862, complete, all original, with a crisp action, clean and bright bore, and sharp rifling. The wood has good color and surface with good edges, a tight fit to frame, and just scattered light handling marks – some small dings at the wrist, a short drag line and some small dings on the upper left butt near the buttplate, some short chips at end of the buttplate tang, and a couple of short scratches on the lower right butt. The sling swivel is in place on the underside of the butt: these took a sling that buckled around the barrel and had a shoulder strap running back and through the swivel to adjust the length. The brass buttplate has a pleasing medium patina. The buttplate  tang screw shows a little wear to the slot.

The frame is smooth metal and with light but very visible case colors showing as a mottled blues, thin yellows and purples mixing with pewter tones. The markings in the metal are sharp: Left frame, SHARPS / PATENT / 1859, with a little wear to the bottom of the “8” and, right frame, “SHARPS /& / HANKINS / PHILADA.” with a little wear to the “PS” in the first line. The leather barrel cover, a practical way to avoid rust, is complete on the 24-inch barrel and even retains the portion covering the nose of frame, which is often missing. The surface shows overall crackling, but the color is very good and there is little flaking to the finish, mostly about two third of the way to the muzzle, often a point of contact in handling. Both sights are in place and complete.

The carbine is serial numbered 10582. Production ran to about 8,000, with the Navy purchasing a bit under 6,700, but the serial numbers at the factory were mixed in with other patterns and the Navy purchases were scattered from 1862 to 1865 so serial numbers cover a good range.

These carbines were used aboard ship and picket boats, and also by landing parties. In the western waters gunboats often had to deal with ambushes and harassment from shore, there many smaller boat actions, and sailors sometimes took part in larger landing operations such actions as the assault on Fort Fisher. Sharps and Hankins carbines often show heavy use and the rigors of service on the water. They are frequently missing the leather barrel covering entirely. This one is a very good example.  [sr] [ph:L]

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