The New Model 1859 Military Rifles were manufactured from 1859 to 1862. The front end of this example features a bayonet lug and guide for a saber bayonet. Iron blade front and Lawrence pattern ladder rear sight mounted on the blued barrel with three barrel bands. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped: "SHARPS RIFLE/MANUFG. CO./HARTFORD CONN." in three lines ahead of the rear sight and "NEW MODEL 1859" behind it. The matching serial number "41150" is marked on the upper tang and underside of the barrel. The lock plate is roll-stamped with the Sharps 1852 patent markings and the R.S. Lawrence 1859 patent markings. The frame is fitted with the Lawrence pellet primer. The left side of the frame is stamped with the Sharps two-line patent markings. Casehardened barrel bands, receiver, hammer, trigger guard lever, lower tang, patchbox, and buttplate. Two piece walnut stock with iron patchbox. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes a scarce 20 inch Navy contract saber bayonet marked at the bottom of the blade "COLLINS & CO/HARTFORD" with the brass handle marked with serial number "40839", brass tipped leather scabbard with leather frog, and reproduction leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Very good, the barrel exhibits a smooth brown patina, silver patina on the casehardened frame, and scattered areas of light pitting with nice markings overall. Wood is fine with attractive grains and scattered light scratches and dents. Mechanically excellent. Included bayonet is very good with some scattered patches of light pitting on the blade and attractive golden aged patina on the brass handle. The leather scabbard is good with some light cracking and an absent brass tip with a taped repair.
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