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Lot 1227: U.S. Sharps New Model 1859 Breech Loading Percussion Carbine

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Civil War U.S. Contract Sharps New Model 1859 Breech Loading Percussion Carbine

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,250 - $3,500

Civil War U.S. Contract Sharps New Model 1859 Breech Loading Percussion Carbine

Manufacturer: Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company
Model: New Model 1859
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 52
Barrel: 22 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 96
Class: Antique

Approximately 3,000 of these early Model 1859 carbines reportedly were fitted with brass furniture including a patch box were manufactured. The State of Georgia purchased two thirds of them (1,600 directly from Sharps and another 400 on the commercial market) and issued them to both cavalry and infantry units, and this example has U.S. inspection cartouches on the stock behind the sling bar. According to Sellers, these brass-fitted New Model 1859 carbines only appear in the 30786-36000 range with some overlap with the Model 1859 carbines (non-grooved breechblocks) which fall in the 30000-31332 range. These Model 1859 and New Model 1859 carbines were the first of the straight breech models and were widely used during the Civil War. The barrel has a blade front sight, the three-line Hartford address ahead of the Lawrence patent rear sight, and "NEW MODEL 1859" at the breech. The lock and receiver have the standard Lawrence and Sharps patent markings. The underside of the patch box lid has "272/I." The stock has a "GDM" collection stamp on the bottom. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Good with mostly mottled brown patina on the steel, vise marks visibe at the breech, aged patina on the brass patchbox, and general mild scratches and marks. The buttstock is fair with a filled section at the toe, some small surface flakes/slivers absent, and mild overall wear. The forearm and front band are both later production replacements. Mechanically fine.

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