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Lot 293: Sharps-Borchardt Model 1878 Single Shot Military Rifle

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Exceptional Sharps-Borchardt Model 1878 Single Shot Military Rifle

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

Exceptional Sharps-Borchardt Model 1878 Single Shot Military Rifle

Manufacturer: Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company
Model: 1878 Borchardt
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 45-70 Government
Barrel: 32 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 396
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 157
Class: Antique

Approximately 6,900 of these military rifles were manufactured between 1878-1881, making them the bulk of the roughly 8,700 Model 1878 rifles manufactured in total. They were purchased by a variety of state governments, the National Rifle Association, and the governments of China and some South American countries. It has a military style blade/bayonet stud front sight, adjustable notch and folding ladder rear sight, sling swivels on the front barrel band and bottom of the action, the Old Reliable marking and Bridgeport address on top near the breech, no visible caliber markings, and standard patent and address markings on the left side of the action. A circled cartouche containing what appears to be a backwards "B" is on the left of the buttstock.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retaining 85% plus original blue finish with some handling marks and sharp markings. Breech block and lever turned to a smooth gray patina with strong traces of case colors in protected areas. Wood is fine with some scattered light scratches, a hairline crack on the underside of the forend ahead of the frame, and a crisp cartouche. Mechanically excellent.

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