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Lot 1221: Sharps Model 1853 Slant Breech Percussion Carbine

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Desirable Sharps Model 1853 Slant Breech Percussion Saddle Ring Carbine

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Estimated Price: $2,500 - $4,000

Desirable Sharps Model 1853 Slant Breech Percussion Saddle Ring Carbine

Manufacturer: Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company
Model: 1853-Carbine
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 52
Barrel: 21 3/4 inch round
Finish: brown/casehardened
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 95
Class: Antique

This model was manufactured from 1854 to 1857 and is famous as the model used by John Brown and his band of abolitionists in Kansas and during the famous raid on Harper's Ferry. They are also known as "Beecher's Bibles" after noted minister Henry Ward Beecher was quoted in the "N.Y. Tribune" of February 1856 stating there was more moral power in one Sharps carbine than 100 Bibles. This carbine falls within the serial number range associated with John Brown but is not one of the carbines identified in Frank Seller's "Sharps Firearms" as connected to the raid. It is still possible it was used by Brown's "army" as not all of the carbines were identified. The barrel has a blade front and a notch and folding ladder rear sight. There are standard patent markings on the upper tang and lock plate, a long sling bar with ring mount to the frame and left side of the barrel band, and brass furniture including a patch box. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials are marked at the toe of the stock. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good with mottled brown patina on the iron, spots of mild pitting, tool marks at the breech, attractive aged patina on the brass, replaced front sight, and mild overall wear. The wood is also very good and has scattered dings and scratches, some thin cracks around the tang mortises, and general mild wear. Mechanically fine.

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