Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3099: U.S. Sharps New 1863 Metallic Conversion Saddle Ring Carbine

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Indian Wars Era U.S. Sharps New Model 1863 Metallic Cartridge Conversion Saddle Ring Carbine

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,600 - $2,500

Indian Wars Era U.S. Sharps New Model 1863 Metallic Cartridge Conversion Saddle Ring Carbine

Manufacturer: Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company
Model: NM 1863 Conversion
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 50-70 U.S. Govt
Barrel: 22 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 602
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 79
Class: Antique

This Sharps was originally manufactured in 1863-1865 as a percussion carbine for use in the Civil War, and was one of 31,098 carbines returned by the U.S. Government to Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Co. in 1867, who received a contract for refurbishment and alteration of their rifles for use with metallic cartridges. This example features a sleeved barrel with three-groove rifling done at the time of alteration, and standard markings and features. "F" inspection initials marked on the left flat of the breech end of the barrel. Script "DFC" (David F. Clark) ribbon inspection cartouche marked on the left center of the buttstock, typically found on these rebuilt alteration carbines.

Rating Definition:

Very good, exhibiting strong traces of arsenal refurbished blue finish and case colors mostly in protected areas with a mix of smooth gray and brown patina on the balance and scattered areas of light freckling. Modern replacement front sight blade. Wood is also very good with numerous scattered light scratches and dents, period professionally modified cut sections on either side at the tip of the forend, a minor small crack ahead of the buttplate tang, and a crisp cartouche. Mechanically excellent.

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