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Item #28402

Civil War Sharps New Model 1859 Carbine

  • Maker: Sharps
  • Model: 1859
  • Caliber: .54 Cal

  • Description: Serial #33009, .54 caliber, 22 barrel with a very good bore that has dark freckling within the grooves. This is a 2nd variant New Model carbine with matching numbers that has the early brass furniture and friction ridges on the back of the breechblock. The barrel and frame have developed a dark plum-brown patina over time with mild pinprick pitting at the muzzle and along the other exposed metal. The lockplate was cleaned to a somewhat grayer patina in the past with crisp markings and visible work marks. The rear sight is missing both the long range slider and the right side hinge piece, but is still held firmly in place. The screw is a realacement. The walnut forend and buttstock have an added military oil finish over numerous handling marks and blemishes scattered throughout the wood. There is also what looks to be a repaired crack at the screw in the forend and at least 2 cracks in the buttstock. There are initials crudely carved into the right side of the buttstock just ahead of the patchbox: JT, and there are no indications of U.S. inspector stamps on the left side of the wrist. The brass patchbox, buttplate, and barrel band have developed a mellow, dark ochre patina over time and there is a short, with-the-grain crack running forward from the patchbox hinge plate, a repaired chip at the toe, and a repaired with-the-grain crack along the bottom of the forend running through the screw bolster. The action is tight and fully functional, and this is a Scarce pre-Civil War Sharps with early features that would make a great addition to any collection. {Ref. Sharps Firearms by Frank Sellers; 1978} Antique