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SCARCE SHARPS MODEL 1875 HEAVY BUFFALO RIFLE. SN 158654. Cal. 44-90 Sharps 2-5/8″. Fine heavy Sharps rifle with 30″ extra heavy oct bbl, globe front sight with pin & Sharps ladder rear sight. Top flat, forward of the rear sight is marked with the “Old Reliable” cartouche & Brigdeport address. Caliber marking is stamped over the chamber area. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock and coarse checkered Sharps steel buttplate. Also has double set triggers. All accessible parts are matching numbered including the receiver, bbl, lock plate, trigger plate, buttplate & buttstock. While the forearm number could not be discerned, an impression of the bbl number was completely visible in mirror image. Accompanied by a Sharps factory records letter which identifies this rifle as a Model 1874 Sporting rifle, invoiced at Bridgeport on Sept. 18, 1876 to B. Kittredge & Co., Cincinnati, OH. It is described as being a .44-90 caliber with 30″ oct bbl, double triggers, open sights & oil finish stocks and weighed 15 lbs, 14 oz. In the same order were 5 sporting rifles identically configured & all weighing about 16 lbs, along with three 14 lb rifles in .50 cal & 2 business rifles. Dr. Richard J. Labowskie, the owner of the Sharps records, states that the B. Kittredge Co. was a major distributor of Sharps rifles 1876 to 1878 & wholesaled guns throughout the Midwest & Trans-Mississippi West by means of their catalogs & traveling representatives. He states “many collectors consider the Kittredge-shipped Sharps to be western guns, and those of large caliber & heavy weight are particularly associated with the Texas buffalo hunt”. CONDITION: About fine, all matching. Bbl retains about 75% of a plummy/brown patina with some fine pitting over the forearm area. Each side of the bbl at the chamber area, has vice marks. Receiver retains traces of silvered case colors with the balance a dark patina. One receiver screw is a replacement and top tang is broken through the front screw hole but is still in place & easily repairable by a competent gunsmith. Lock plate & trigger plate are mottled silvered case colors. Lever has a dark plum patina. Buttstock has a fine hairline and repaired crack in the wrist, otherwise is sound with numerous nicks, scratches & dings and retains about 75% dull, dark, orig varnish. Forearm is missing long slivers of wood on each side, otherwise is sound showing a fine hand-worn patina. Mechanics are fine. Worn bore with good shine and very fine scattered pitting. 4-48285 JR265 (10,000-20,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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