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36" Sharps NM1859 Rifle with Matching Numbered Bayonet

.52 caliber, 36" barrel secured by three spring retained bands, S/N 36977. Blued and color casehardened finish, smooth walnut stock and forend. Matching serial number on barrel, under forend. Standard Sharps markings on receiver and barrel, although barrel markings are weak. Retains original Lawrence patent rear sight, complete pellet primer system and both sling swivels. Saber bayonet lug with 1" keyed lead is present under the barrel. Accompanied by an 1860 dated Ames marked saber bayonet with the same serial number on the hilt, which does not quite fit the rifle. Only 600 of these extra long barreled New Model 1859 rifles were produced, primarily in the 36,000-37,000 serial number range. A scarce early Civil War production Sharps rifle variant.

Condition:

Good. Retains some blue under the forend, with the majority of the barrel having a plum brown color with only some flecks of finish present on the exterior. Barrel with vise mark mars at the breech. Mechanically functional, fine bore, rear sight ladder bent. Stock sanded with a 3" crack in the toe. A far too crisp cartouche has been added to the wrist that appears to be crude rendering of either a script AH or script JH, neither of which would be correct, and may have been an attempt to improve a sanded cartouche by hand. The metal is proud of the wood in this area, with some minor loss where the butt meets the frame on the reverse. Bayonet in fair to good condition with mottled oxidation and discoloration on the blade as well as some pitting, locking spring broken, hilt uncleaned, lug mortise worn. Does not quite fit the rifle.

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$3,525
05/01/2019

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