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Lot 94: Sharps New Model 1859 Cartridge Conversion Carbine

Auction Date: December 2, 2016

Very Fine Sharps New Model 1859 Cartridge Conversion Carbine

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,250 - $4,500

Very Fine Sharps New Model 1859 Cartridge Conversion Carbine

Manufacturer: Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company
Model: 1859 Conversion
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 50-70 U.S. Govt
Barrel: 22 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 47
Class: Antique

This carbine is one of 27,000 Sharps New Model carbines converted for .50-70 rimfire ammunition in the late 1860s with a three groove re-lined barrel. Many had previously seen hard use in the Civil War. They were refinished and had parts replaced as needed during the conversion process. This example appears to have seen little if any use after the conversion and has been excellent cared for. It has the standard features and markings, including an "DFC" ribbon cartouche on the left side of the smooth walnut stock. Many of these converted carbines were used by the downsized U.S. cavalry on the Great Plains until Springfield trapdoor carbines became widely available. Many were also sold by the government to Native Americans, but they were also turned against the U.S. cavalry at the Battle of Little Bighorn and elsewhere.

Rating Definition:

Very fine. 90% plus of the arsenal refurbished blue finish and case colors remain. The hammer and a few other components have brown patina. The wood is also very fine and has only some scattered handling and storage type marks and a few minor scrapes. Mechanically excellent. A few markings are faint, but most are crisp.

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