This is one of approximately 1,000 Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 Short Cavalry Type Carbines manufactured. These are known to have been issued to the 11th New York Volunteer Cavalry. This example features a tin finish, staple and saddle ring on the left of the frame, and matching serial numbers on the upper tang and bottom of the barrel inside the action. Matching serial number "4166" marked on the upper tang, on the inside of the frame, underside of the barrel and on the lever. "1429" stamped on either side of the stock wrist, and "1348" stamped on top of the stock ahead of the buttplate tang.
Very good, retaining strong traces of the original tin finish, strongest in protected areas, with smooth brown patina on the balance and clear markings in the metal. The re-oiled stock is also very good with numerous scattered scratches and dents, some areas of filler along the edges, and crisp stampings. Mechanically excellent.
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