Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1183: Civil War Sharps New Model 1863 Military Rifle with Bayonet

Auction Date: September 11, 2021

Exceptional Civil War U.S. Contract Sharps New Model 1863 Military Percussion Rifle with Bayonet

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $8,500 - $13,000

Exceptional Civil War U.S. Contract Sharps New Model 1863 Military Percussion Rifle with Bayonet

Manufacturer: Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company
Model: 1863-Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 52
Barrel: 30 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 140
Class: Antique

Approximately 6,150 Sharps New Model 1863 Military rifles with a front sight doubling as a bayonet lug were manufactured in the C,30000-C,40000 serial range, compared to over 60,000 New Model 1863 carbines, making them a desirable and scarce Sharps variation. Iron blade front and Lawrence patent ladder rear sight with 900 yard center notch mounted on the blued barrel with three barrel bands. Casehardened barrel bands, receiver, hammer, trigger guard lever, lower tang, patch box, and buttplate. The forearm flat ahead of the trigger guard is inspector marked "A.W.M." The left side of the wrist is marked with two boxed script "JWR" cartouches. The top rear of the stock is inspector marked "M.N.M." Two piece walnut stock with iron patch box. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes a scarce Collins socket bayonet, leather sling (detached), and wood tampion. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Exceptionally fine, retaining 90% plus original bright blue finish on the barrel with some light wear from bayonet mounting. Retains 50% plus original case colors with the balance a smooth gray patina. Wood is excellent with attractive original raised grain and rich oil finish, some light handling marks and dents, light chips at the toe, and crisp cartouches. Mechanically excellent. Included bayonet is very fine with scattered light pitting. A superb example of a Civil War U.S. contract Sharps New Model 1863 Military rifle!

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