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RARE SHARPS MODEL 1874 NY SCHUETZEN CORPS RIFLE. SN 162223. Cal. 40-50 Sharps Bottleneck 1-11/16″. Very rare Sharps “German Pattern” target rifle also known as Schuetzen rifle, with 30″ oct bbl, very early globe front sight with pin, replacement Sharps-style 800 yd ladder rear sight and it’s orig vernier tang sight with 4″ staff. Top flat of bbl has the “Old Reliable” cartouche & Bridgeport address with caliber marking over the chamber area and case length on the right side flat. Mounted with extremely rare, uncheckered, straight grain American walnut buttstock that has pistol grip, slight perch belly and a shallow cheek piece with a brass sporting buttplate. Right side of buttstock has an empty 1-3/4″ by 7/8″ oval silver name plate. Just behind this inlay are the hand stamped initials “F.L”. Forearm appears to be a special order treatment among the group purchased by the New York Scheutzen Rifle Club. Bottom of the forearm has a threaded socket for a palm rest with an identical threaded hole in the front part of the lever. Bottom of the bbl has an extra threaded hole that is just covered by the tip of the forearm. All of the parts examined are matching numbered including receiver, bbl, lockplate, trigger plate & buttstock. Buttplate & forearm are unnumbered. Accompanied by a Sharps Factory Records letter from Dr. Richard J. Labowskie, current owner of the records, wherein he states Order Book #6 lists this rifle as a Model 1874 Schuetzen invoiced at Bridgeport Jan. 17, 1878 to William Gennerich, Secretary of the NY Central Schuetzen Corps, New York City. It is described as being 40-50 cal., 1-11/16″ with 30″ oct bbl, globe front sight, mid-range vernier tang sight mounted on a sporting base, stocked with cheek piece & sporting buttplate. Letter continues that the order was for 18 identical Schuetzen rifles shipped on the same date. Paragraph 3 of the letter states that a total of 69 Model 1874 Schuetzen rifles were produced, 68 of which were sent to the New York Central Schuetzen Corps between Jan and May 1878. The 69th rifle was sent to Edwin S. Harris, New York City. The New York Schuetzen Corps was founded in 1857 by German immigrants and it continues in business today. Occasionally one of these 69 rifles will surface and are usually found with various individual modifications to suit the owner at the time. Most of them have at least one or more minor modifications. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except forearm and buttplate which are unnumbered. Bbl retains 80-85% orig blue, turned a little dull with the balance a brown patina. Receiver, lockplate & trigger plate retain strong case colors, turned a little dark. Wood is sound with the aforementioned palm rest socket in the forearm, 2-3 bruises on the buttstock with nicks & scratches in the finish and overall retains about 90% orig factory varnish. Forearm retains 96-98% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine. Bright, shiny bore. 4-48711 JR268 (5,500-8,500)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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