Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1154: Springfield Alteration Sharps New Model 1863 Infantry Rifle

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

U.S. Springfield Model 1870 Type I Alteration Sharps New Model 1863 Breech Loading Infantry Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,800 - $2,750

U.S. Springfield Model 1870 Type I Alteration Sharps New Model 1863 Breech Loading Infantry Rifle

Manufacturer: Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company
Model: Military
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 50-70
Barrel: 35 inch round
Finish: bright/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 486
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 124
Class: Antique
Description:

This is a solid representative example of an 1870 Springfield Armory alteration of a Sharps New Model 1863 percussion rifle to cartridge configuration using newly fabricated components. Only around 700 of these First Type Sharps alterations were assembled by Springfield Armory. It has a military style block front sight that doubles as a lug for a socket bayonet, folding Springfield rifle rear sight, matching serial numbers on the upper tang and left side of the barrel, standard Sharps markings, a script "ESA" cartouche on the left side of the wrist, and "E.W. COOK" and another unclear stamp just behind the lower tang. An Elliott W. Cook was a percussion rifle maker in Lockport, New York, c. 1840s-1870s.

Rating Definition:

Very good with 25% arsenal refinished case colors, mostly gray and brown patina throughout, some minor oxidation, and generally minor overall wear. The re-oiled wood is also very good and has some scattered minor dings and scratches, some chipping along the cleaning rod channel, and



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