Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3173: Cased and Factory Engraved Sharps Model 2A Four Barrel Pistol

Auction Date: December 4, 2016

Rare Cased and Factory Engraved Sharps Model 2A Four Barrel Pistol

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,500 - $6,500

Rare Cased and Factory Engraved Sharps Model 2A Four Barrel Pistol

Manufacturer: Sharps C & Company
Model: 2A
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 30 RF
Barrel: 3 inch fluted
Finish: blue/silver
Grip: antique ivory
Item Views: 777
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 97
Class: Antique

Standard "C. SHARPS/PATENT 1859" marking in a circle around the hammer screw on the left side of the frame, "C. SHARPS & Co/PHILADA. PA." on the right. Light floral scroll engraving on the sides of the frame and standing breech with the line borders and a few stamped stars. The barrels have light scroll engraving at the rear with double tipped arrows at the high point of each barrel. The grips are smooth. Many even numbered Sharps four barrel pistols were factory engraved, experimental or unusual in some respect. The 6 1/2 inch by 4 1/2 inch by 1 5/8 inch mahogany case is possibly original to it. It has a wood block with holes for 30 cartridges. It is lined with maroon velvet. The key is missing and the escutcheon plate has been replaced with wood.

Rating Definition:

Very fine with over 95% of the silver remaining on the frame, thinning slightly on the standing breech. The barrels have faint traces of blue in the flutes, mostly smooth gray patina. The grips are excellent with a short age crack at the base of the left panel. Mechanically good. The case is fine with minor dents and scratches. The pine bottom has some short cracks and some chips are missing around the lock mortise. The interior lining has some fading in the lid and oil staining in the bottom. A very attractive and rare factory engraved Sharps pistol with a milestone serial number 5000.

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