Only 700 of these rifles were manufactured between 1861-62, and all but 100 are known to have been purchased for use by the U.S. Navy. Most of the rifles were used to arm Marine guards aboard ships, and some were used on gunboats on the Mississippi River. It has standard markings and features including a bottom mounted saber bayonet lug. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes leather sling and wood tampion. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Very good, retaining strong traces of original blue finish on the barrel with mottled brown patina. Traces of blue finish remains on the frame mainly in protected areas with the balance a mixed gray/brown patina with some patches of light pitting. 60% original blue finish on the bands, hammer, loading lever and tangs. Brass buttplate with an attractive bright color. Wood is also very good as re-oiled with some scattered scratches and dents. Mechanically excellent. A genuine example of a scarce Sharps Navy rifle.
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