Approximately 2,970 Model 1853 Sporting Rifles were manufactured between 1854 and 1859 in a variety of configurations with small numbers in particular calibers, barrel lengths, finishes, etc. This rifle features a dovetail globe front sight, Lawrence patent folding rear sight, tang mounted peep sight, adjustable double set triggers, pewter forearm cap, brass patch box and buttplate, and Sharps address and patent markings. Matching serial numbers are on the barrel, upper tang, and inside of the patch box.
Fine with 50% original blue finish, 25% original mostly muted case colors, smooth brown patina on most of the balance, attractively aged patina on the brass, light edge wear, mild oxidation, and some scratches and marks. The wood is fine aside from a piece absent from the left side of the wrist and has some mild dings and scratches and a few small divots/flakes. Mechanically fine.