Rare Sharps Model 1874 Military Rifle Single Shot Musket, 50-70 ...
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Started 2020-07-30 00:00:00
Ended 2020-08-29 07:45:00

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Rare Sharps Model 1874 Military Rifle Single Shot Musket, 50-70 Government Cal, MFG Antique, SN C51797, Lever Action, 30'' round barrel, This is an excellent example of a Sharps Military Musket listed in their Order Book as a Army Rifle. This rifle is accompanied by a Sharps factory letter which states that it was an $18 rifle that was shipped on June 1, 1873 to Schuyler, Hartley & Graham of New York City, in a $9000 shipment of 500 Sharps guns in one order (this was the single largest order ever placed from Sharps). The rifle also come with documentation of W.N.L. Barnes purchasing the 500 guns from Schuyler, Harley & Graham, on June 7, 1873. There seems to be some speculation as to the ultimate fate of these 500 rifles. Some evidence points that these guns were shipped to a California State Adjutant General Officer who then divided them between California & Hawaii Militia Groups. Other receords show they were sent to a San Francisco regiment & based on condition it would make sense as all previously examined muskets that went to Hawaii were heavily used or took on all the abuse of the Hawaii climate. However, new records have surfaced showing these rifle were distributed to the California National Guard as their Armory had burned the previous year & were in serious need to replace the armament. The top of the barrel just in front of the rear sight is marked ''SHARPS RIFLE MANUFG. CO. CO. HARTFORD, CONN'' & ''NEW MODEL'' at the breech. The lock is unmarked, receiver on left is marked ''C. SHARPS' PAT. SEPT. 12TH 1848''. The serial number is located on the top of tang. The rifle is mounted with a full smooth walnut forearm & straight grip stock with sling swivels & steel carbine buttplate. The stocks are good & solid with numerous nicks, dings & gouges. The metal surfaces all carry the a brown patina with lots of speckled pitting. Lower tang carries the sliding locking lug. The folding ladder rear sight has been replaced by an adjustable rear sight in an additional cut dovetail & standard front sight. Bore is good, dark with roughness, but strong rifling. This is a wonderful documented 1874 Musket with some interesting history.* Antique, No FFL Req. - Value: 2000 to 3000

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Rare Sharps Model 1874 Military Rifle Single Shot Musket, 50-70 ...
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