Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1091: Sharps Meacham Conversion Heavy Barrel Rifle

Auction Date: December 3, 2016

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,750 - $5,500

Sharps Meacham Conversion Heavy Barrel Rifle

Manufacturer: Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company
Model: Conversion
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 45-2-7/8
Barrel: 30 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 967
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 53
Class: Antique

This is a Meacham conversion rifle, so called because E.C. Meacham of St. Louis featured them in their catalogs. These rifles were made after the Sharps Rifle Co. ceased production of the Model 1874. The top flat of the heavy barrel is marked "Old Reliable" in script in an octagonal box followed by "SHARPS RIFLE CO. BRIDGEPORT, CONN." ahead of the rear sight and "45 CALIBRE 2 7/8" at the breech. The barrel and forearm are numbered to the gun. The underside of the barrel is marked "W.C.D." followed by an eagle. German silver blade front sight, R.S. Lawrence folding buckhorn/ladder rear sight without graduations, and double set triggers. The lock plate is marked with the two-line Sharps 1852 patent date, and the receiver is marked with the two-line Sharps 1848 patent date. Mounted with a smooth walnut forearm and straight grip stock.

Rating Definition:

Very good. The refinished barrel retains 98% plus original blue finish showing slight wear. The action retains traces of original case colors in and around the protected areas. The revarnished wood is also very good with some scattered minor pressure dents and scratches. Mechanically excellent.

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