Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1181: Sharps Line Throwing Gun

Auction Date: December 3, 2016

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,400 - $2,250

Sharps Line Throwing Gun

Manufacturer: Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company
Model: 1863-Carbine
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 50-70 U.S. Govt
Barrel: 12 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1337
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 133
Class: Antique

This period line thrower is built on a cartridge converted Sharps New Model 1863 carbine. The rear sight dovetail slot has been filled, the saddle ring bar has been removed, and the barrel is smooth bore. The action retains the Sharps and R.S. Lawrence markings, and the serial number is stamped on the upper tang. The buttstock is stamped "SL T4" on the right side, and a "DH" cartouche appears on the left side. The throwing rod and rope are included. Several models of line throwing guns have been used by the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. Early line throwing guns were built by modifying trapdoor and Sharps actions.

Rating Definition:

Good. The gun has a mottled brown patina overall with some scattered areas of minor pitting. The saddle ring bar mount has a bright appearance. The wood is very good with some chipping along the grain and some minor pressure dents and scratches. Mechanically excellent.

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