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Lot 1085: Sharps Model 1874 Bridgeport Business Model Rifle

Auction Date: December 3, 2016

Fine Documented Sharps Model 1874 Bridgeport Business Model Rifle with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,500 - $8,000

Fine Documented Sharps Model 1874 Bridgeport Business Model Rifle with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company
Model: 1874-Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 45-70 Government
Barrel: 28 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1634
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 52
Class: Antique

The Sharps Business rifle was brought out in 1876 as an economy model and was available with 26 inch, 28 inch or 30 inch round barrels in 45-70 or 45-75 caliber. Approximately 1,604 of these rifles were manufactured. The included factory letter confirms that this rifle was shipped on 30 April 1879 to Sharps' largest dealer, Schuyler, Hartley & Graham of New York City. Raised low profile blade front sight and folding ladder rear sight graduated to 800 yards on a barrel marked "OLD RELIABLE" followed by the Bridgeport address ahead of the rear sight and "BUSINESS 45" at the breech. The barrel is numbered to the gun. The receiver has the 1869 patent date on the left side. The rifle features the standard double set triggers, is factory tapped for a tang sight (not included) and is fitted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with a casehardened buttplate.

Rating Definition:

Fine. The barrel retains 50% original blue finish with a smooth brown patina on the balance. The remaining surfaces retain 60% original case colors. There is a series of tool marks on the rear section of the barrel. The reoiled wood is also fine with a few long deep scratches on the forearm, a few gouges and some minor pressure dents and scratches. Mechanically excellent. An exceptional Sharps Model 1874 Bridgeport Business rifle!

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