May 07, 2020 10:00 AM EDT Cincinnati


Model 1874 Sharps Buffalo Rifle Shipped To Dodge City Kansas In 1877, with Factory Letter

.45-2-7/8 caliber, 30" heavy octagonal barrel, S/N 159506. Weighs 13 3/4 lbs. Double triggers, open sights, double forearm screws, standard walnut stock and forearm, checkered metal buttplate.  This rifle was invoiced January 4, 1877, to Sharps dealer, F.C. Zimmerman, Front Street, Dodge City, Kansas.  It is noted as a Model 1874 Sharps rifle.  Blade front sight with a Lawrence rear barrel sight. This rifle arrived in Dodge City while Wyatt Earp was an assistant deputy marshal. In July of 1877 Wyatt joined the Dodge City Police force.

In November of 1877, Bat Masterson was elected sheriff of Ford County, Kansas by three votes, beating out Larry Deger. Bat’s election was duly reported in the November 24th issue of the Dodge City Times. Frederick Carl Zimmerman arrived in Dodge City in September of 1872. Zimmerman was an experienced gunsmith who had practiced in Germany, Paris, and London. His hardware store on Front Street was one of the leading businesses in Dodge. He knew Wyatt, Bat, and all the legendary Dodge City gunfighters. Frederick Zimmerman died in Dodge City in January of 1888. Any Sharps “Buffalo Gun” shipped west is historical, but this Sharps that was shipped to Zimmerman’s on Front Street in the year when Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson were patrolling the dusty, muddy streets of Dodge is a true and authentic treasure from the American West. 


Barrel has a nice smooth brown patina, with excellent barrel markings. Stock and forearm show use. Some nicks and dings.  

Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
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