This is a spectacular example of a Civil War Sharps New Model 1863 rifle. Only 6,150 New Model 1863 rifles with front sights doubling as bayonet lugs were manufactured (C,30000-C,40000 range) compared to over 60,000 New Model 1863 carbines, making them a desirable Sharps variation. This example serves as a time capsule, and sets itself apart from the rest, in its own league, in terms of desirability. "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,39563" 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, three barrel bands, sling swivels mounted on the bottom of the middle barrel band and buttstock, single letter inspection marks stamped on various components, "M.N.M" inspection initials on the left barrel flat at the breech, "E.P.R" inspection initials marked on the underside flat of the forearm ahead of the trigger guard, "T.W.R" (Thomas W. Russell) inspection initials marked on top of the stock comb ahead of the buttplate tang, and two boxed script "TWR" inspection cartouches on the left of the wrist. Rock Island Auction Company is fortunate to have the opportunity to offer this outstanding Civil War Sharps New Model 1863 rifle!
Excellent plus, as issued, retains 97% plus attractive original blue finish on the barrel with some light brown spotting around the muzzle and at the breech. 98% plus fiery original nitre blue finish remains on the breech block (zero evidence of firing wear around the nipple), primer cover, and screws. 97% plus captivating and vibrant original case colors remain on the barrel bands, hammer, lever, and buttplate, with only slight fading and some scattered light freckling. 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. If you want the best, make no mistake, here it is. This stunning example of a Sharps New Model 1863 percussion rifle sets itself in its own league, and would be next to impossible to improve upon. This would be a main attraction in any U.S. Martial collection!
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