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|W1452...Breechloader, Sharps single shot percussion carbine, New Model 1863, no patchbox, cavalry model fitted with saddle riding bar, .52cal., (# C23531)
Carbine was manufactured by Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Co., Hartford, Connecticut, serial numbers for the "New Model 1863" generally run 65,000 to 140,000, some overlap with other models. The Sharps carbine was the most significantly utilized carbine of the Civil War, it was a single shot percussion breechloader using paper cartridge and and revolutionized hand weaponry. The Model 1863, reflected only minor improvements over the Model 1859, mostly elimination of the patchbox. Standard features include an iron buttplate, iron loading lever serves as a trigger guard, one iron band, percussion nipple was designed to utilize a tape primer system that did not work very well and was usually disabled, but conventional cap served effectively, hinged Sharps sight, rifling with six lands and grooves. Intended for cavalry use, saddle bar and ring installed on left side for hanging from a sling, strap hook on bottom of butt. Mark on top of barrel, "NEW MODEL 1863.". Mark on sight, "R.S. LAWRENCE / PATENTED / FEB. 15TH 1859.". Mark forward of sight, "SHARPS RIFLE / MANUFG. CO. / HARTFORD CONN." Notches on top of barrel and receiver for alignment. Mark on lock near center: "C. SHARPS' PAT. / OCT. 5TH 1852." Mark upper lock: "R. S. LAWRENCE' PAT. / APRIL 12TH 1859." Mark left side of receiver: "C. SHARPS' PAT. / SEPT. 12TH 1848. Serial number on rear breech. Cartouches on wood on left side beneath the saddle bar indicate government inspection, additional inspector marks, on the barrel. Barrel length 22in.
Ref: Flayderman 5F-021.
Serial number, C23531, appears on the tang. Metal appearance pleasing, maker marks are strong, wood solid with dings and scratches from use, cartouches are visible, sight intact, band intact, bar and riding ring intact, bore is clean, rifling strong, mechanics fully functional.
For Sale...... $3,000.