Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 134: Sharps Second Type Breech Loading Percussion Pistol

Auction Date: May 13, 2022

Fine Sharps Second Type Breech Loading Percussion Pistol

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $4,500

Fine Sharps Second Type Breech Loading Percussion Pistol

Manufacturer: Sharps
Model: Percussion
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 36
Barrel: 6 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 106
Class: Antique

Reportedly, 850 breech loading pistols were manufactured by C. Sharps & Co. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania circa 1854-1857. Of these, approximately 350 were this second variation. This second type pistol has a .36 caliber round barrel, lever activated dropping block action similar to that found on Sharps rifles, a pellet primer that is integral with the frame, adjustable trigger and two-piece rosewood grips. "C. SHARPS & CO'S/RIFLE WORKS/PHILa Pa" marked on the right of the frame, and "C. SHARPS/PATENT/1848-52" marked on the left of the frame. The serial number "800" is marked on the left of the grip frame and on the underside of the grips. The barrel and frame have a high polish blue finish, and the hammer, lever, and butt cap are color casehardened.

Rating Definition:

Fine, retains 40% plus original blue finish with mottled brown patina on the balance, some scattered patches of light pitting, and defined markings in the metal. Casehardened surfaces have turned to mostly a smooth brown and gray patina with some faint traces of case colors showing through. Grips are very good with scattered scratches and dents and retain most of their glossy finish. Mechanically fine.

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