May 07, 2020 10:00 AM EDT Cincinnati


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The Very First Model 1877 Long Range Rifle Shipped to H.S. Jewell, A Creedmoor Shooter on February 15, 1877 for His Examination

.45 caliber, 32" barrel.  The ultimate in one of these rifles serial number 160100 is illustrated on page 248 of Frank Seller's Sharps Rifles.

"It was shipped to H.S. Jewell, one of Creedmoor shooters on February 15, 1877 for his examination. He returned it and it was sent out on March 5, 1877 to the captain of the Creedmoor team. General F.S. Dankin. Dankin approved of the action and it was part of the group sent to the Creedmoor matches in September 1877, where it may have been used by any member of the the United States Creedmoor Team. After the matches, it was again returned to the company and on March 11, 1879 was shipped to another famous shooter of the day G.W. Scofield of Cleveland, Ohio. With the exception of this rifle, the remainder of the first type model 1877's were shipped to N. Curry of San Francisco in May 1878."

This is one of the most historically important Sharps long range target rifles extant. Frank Seller's says it all.

Condition:

Barrel retains much of its original blue finish with some discoloration on right next to rear sight. Front sight is absent and has been for years. Hammer, action and lever retain much original case hardening. Steel buttplate retains some darkened bluing. Figured checkered pistol grip buttstock retains most original varnish with a few minor marks. Pistol grip with silver plaque and Mr. Scofield's name and Cleveland, Ohio. Rare and valuable Vernier tang sight in good condition. Action is extremely crisp. Bore is nearly mint with perfect rifling. A fantastic piece for the target rifle or Sharps collector. 

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$27,600
05/07/2020

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