Title: Sharps 2nd Type Single Shot Pistol, Model 1854 Breech Loading, .36 Caliber
Serial Number 786
Measurement: Overall length: 10.5"; barrel length: 6.25"
Material: Walnut grips
Condition: Mechanically smooth and fine, retains some case hardening color,
else smooth brown.
Additional Information: Manufactured from 1854 to 1857, approximately 850 of the
two types of single shot breech loading pistols were manufactured by C. Sharps &
Company. This pistol is a Second Type which is slightly larger overall than the First
Type and is chambered 36 caliber percussion. These were made after the small frame
single shot pistols and are numbered in the 470 to 950 range with a total production of
about 350 units. The action is the dropping block, lever activated type based on the
1848 patent rifle and carbine. The percussion pellet priming device is made integral with
the frame, the mountings are iron with no forearm under the barrel. These were finished
blue with a casehardened breech, lever, and hammer. Brass blade front and frame
notch rear sights and fitted with two piece smooth walnut grips. Marked "C. SHARPS &
CO'S / RIFLE WORKS / PHILA. PA." on the right side of the frame below the hammer
and "C. SHARPS / PATENT / 1848-52" (strong) on the left side plate. The barrel has
knurled rings at the muzzle and frame. The iron buttcap and its screw also have knurled
edges. The pistol is fitted with two piece smooth burl walnut grips.
308-553 / RO288