Sharps New Model 1863 Rifle, Model 1859
Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Co.
Circa 1862 to 1863
A Civil War era Sharps new Model 1859 Army/Navy .52 caliber percussion musket
During the Civil War, this rifle, serial number C33219, was issued to the Ready Reserve, a unit comprised of previously wounded soldiers who were still capable of serving and protecting the Nation's capital in and around Washington DC. - SOLD
Following the Civil War, this rifle was returned to the arsenal for conversion to metallic cartridge in .50-70 caliber, for the Indian Wars. The rifle remains in very fine condition, including action and excellent rifling. The 30" barrel retains 99% blue; case hardened receiver and furniture display strong case colors; barrel has a block-mounted, nickel-silver, front sight blade and a R.S. Lawrence patent folding leaf rear sight with a 900 yard center notch. The receiver retains the complete Lawrence pellet primer. Barrel is roll-stamped "NEW MODEL 1863" between the rear sight and the receiver. The rear sight base is stamped with the usual "R.S. LAWRENCE" patent markings. The two-line Sharps 1848 patent date is stamped on the left side of the receiver. The upper receiver has the two-line Lawrence patent markings below the pellet primer and the two-line Sharps 1852 patent markings are located on the lockplate. The oil finished walnut stock has casehardened patchbox and buttplate; stock and forearm have good color and patina; screws and small components have a strong blue finish. The "DFC" within ribbon final inspection mark used on metallic cartridge conversions is stamped in the center of the left side of the stock; two horizontal and one vertical Ordnance inspection stamps with script initials within rectangular borders are stamped on the left stock wrist. Single letter and multiple initial Ordnance sub-inspection marks are visible on the barrel, forearm, stock and most major components.
This is a fine example in excellent condition.