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Lot 1096: Sharps Model 1852 Slant Breech Percussion Carbine

Auction Date: December 3, 2016

Scarce Sharps Model 1852 Slant Breech Percussion Carbine

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,300 - $1,800

Scarce Sharps Model 1852 Slant Breech Percussion Carbine

Manufacturer: Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company
Model: 1852-Carbine
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 52 percussion
Barrel: 21 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 773
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 54
Class: Antique

Only just under 5,000 Model 1852 carbines were manufactured by Robbins & Lawrence of Windsor, Vermont, for Sharps before production shifted to the Model 1853 with its improved lever hinge pin design with a retaining stud instead of a spring in the forearm. This standard example has the standard markings, fixed blade and notch sights, a saddle ring on the left side of the action, and brass furniture. Some of these early Sharps no doubt saw action in the violent clashes of the antebellum era and on the battlefields of the Civil War.

Rating Definition:

Fair. The artificially aged metal has gray and brown patina, patches of moderate pitting (mostly on the action), and scattered dings and marks. The brass has an aged patina. The wood has repaired cracks in both the wrist and the replacement forearm, minor cracking and a chip at the toe, some loss below the lock and at the tip of the forend, a some chipping at the edges, and scattered minor scrapes. Mechanically functions fine and has mostly clear markings.

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