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Lot 231: Sharps Model 1853 "Slant Breech" Percussion Sporting Rifle

Fine Sharps Model 1853 "Slant Breech" Percussion Sporting Rifle

Auction Date: December 9, 2022

Lot 231: Sharps Model 1853 "Slant Breech" Percussion Sporting Rifle

Fine Sharps Model 1853 "Slant Breech" Percussion Sporting Rifle

Auction Date: December 9, 2022

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Estimated Price: $3,500 - $5,500

Fine Sharps Model 1853 "Slant Breech" Percussion Sporting Rifle

Manufacturer: Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company
Model: 1853-Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44
Barrel: 26 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 398
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 196
Class: Antique
Description:

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.

Rating Definition:

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.



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