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SHARPS MODEL 1853 SLANT BREECH SPORTING RIFLE. SN 20642. Cal. 44. Standard Sharps sporting rifle with 25-1/4″ medium weight oct bbl, Sharps front sight with German silver blade & a Sharps leaf rear sight. Lock plate has the pellet priming system incorporated and is marked “SHARP’S / PATENT / 1852” note the apostrophe in the name. Top tang is marked “SHARPS / PATENT / 1848” along with the SN. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with rnd Sharps forearm that has pewter nose cap & straight stock that has brass buttplate & 2-pc brass patch box on the right side. Bbl & forearm are matching numbered to the receiver. Buttstock, lockplate & trigger plate are unnumbered. Buttplate has tiny number “39” which is probably an inspector number rather than an assembly number. According to Sharps Rifles, Sellers, there were 1,127 of these rifles produced during the period July 1854 to Dec 1859 in 3 different calibers & a variety of bbl lengths with some fancy and engraved. CONDITION: Good to very good. Bbl retains a cleaned, smooth metal patina. Lockplate, hammer, trigger plate, lever & receiver retain traces of faded case colors, being mostly a cleaned metal patina. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains a hand-worn patina. Buttplate and patch box show a medium mustard patina. Mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore with some very minor roughness in the grooves. 4-49600 JR269 (4,000-7,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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