This extraordinary Civil War Sharps New Model 1863 carbine features blade front and Lawrence patent rear sights, "NEW MODEL 1863" marked on top of the barrel behind the Lawrence patent ladder rear sight with 900 yard center notch, Sharps 1848 patent date marked on the left of the receiver with the R.S. Lawrence 1859 patent date and Sharps 1852 patent date on the lock, serial number "C,25455" marked on the upper receiver tang and no disassembly was performed to be able to view the underside of the barrel out of respect for the untouched nature of the gun, single letter inspection marks stamped on various components, "T.W.R" (Thomas W. Russell) inspection initials marked on the left of the barrel at the breech and on the sideplate, "A.W.M" inspection initials stamped on the underside flat of the forearm and on top of the stock comb ahead of the buttplate tang, and two boxed script inspection cartouches on the left of the wrist including "JT" (John Taylor) and "TWR" (Thomas W. Russell). This is one of the three finest condition known surviving examples of a Sharps New Model 1863 percussion carbine, with one of them very recently sold by Rock Island Auction Company (Lot 98, Auction 86). We want to emphasize that Sharps carbines almost never turn up in this condition, and we are very fortunate to have the privilege to offer this extraordinary example!
Excellent plus, mint as can be and nearly as issued, retains 98% attractive original blue finish on the barrel with very light wear around the muzzle. 99% fiery original nitre blue finish remains on the breech block (zero evidence of firing wear around the nipple), primer cover, and screws. 98% captivating and vibrant original case colors remain on the barrel band, hammer, lever, and buttplate, with only a few areas of slight fading. Sharp markings and edges in the metal overall. Wood is excellent plus with pleasing original raised grain, rich oil finish, a few light handling marks, distinct edges and exceptionally sharp cartouches. Mechanically excellent. An extraordinary example, nearly impossible to improve upon, of a Sharps New Model 1863 percussion saddle ring carbine that would be a crown jewel in any U.S. martial collection!
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