Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1140: Civil War U.S. Sharps New Model 1863 Military Rifle

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Civil War U.S. Contract Sharps New Model 1863 Military Percussion Rifle

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

Civil War U.S. Contract Sharps New Model 1863 Military Percussion Rifle

Manufacturer: Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company
Model: 1863-Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 52
Barrel: 30 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 493
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 113
Class: Antique

Approximately 6,150 Sharps New Model 1863 Military rifles with a front sight doubling as a bayonet lug were manufactured in the C,30000-C,40000 serial range, compared to over 60,000 New Model 1863 carbines, making them a desirable and scarce Sharps variation. Iron blade front and Lawrence patent ladder rear sight with 900 yard center notch mounted on the blued barrel with three barrel bands. Casehardened barrel bands, receiver, hammer, trigger guard lever, lower tang, patch box, and buttplate. The left side of the wrist has faint remnants of two boxed script inspection cartouches. Two piece walnut stock with iron patch box.

Rating Definition:

Very good, retains 25% original blue finish on the barrel, a mix of smooth gray and brown patina on the casehardened components, scattered light to mild brown spotting on the balance overall, and sharp markings on the barrel and receiver. Wood is good as lightly sanded and re-oiled with numerous scattered dents and scratches, a chipped sliver on the right of the forend below the barrel line, and a few moderate chips at the toe. Mechanically excellent.

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