.52RF, 32.75" round barrel, S/N 461. Blued and color case hardened finish, brass buttplate, walnut stock and forend retained by three barrel bands. Standard Sharps & Hankins markings on both sides of frame. Firing pin correctly mounted to face of hammer, with sliding safety on frame. Original adjustable long-range rear sight, front sight, sling swivels. Saber bayonet lug under barrel with 1" guide bar. Accompanied by a Collins & Co brass-handled bayonet #225, with scabbard, that fits the gun appropriately. Only 700 of these rifles were produced ca1861-1862, with 600 being acquired by the US Navy on contract and the majority of the remaining guns being purchased on the open market. Most saw use with Marine guards on board ship. A very scarce Civil War period Naval rifle, rarely found with a correct bayonet.
Very good. Retains minor traces of thinning blue on the barrel, which has a mostly mottled grayish-brown patina. Traces of case color on the frame tang, otherwise the receiver has a mottled gray and brown patina. Metal retains crisp markings and is nearly all smooth, with scattered minor surface oxidation and some pin-pricking, lever with some pitting. Mechanically functional, very good bore with strong rifling and some scattered pitting. Brass with a mellow golden patina. Stock and forend solid with scattered bumps, dings and handling marks. Bayonet good with scattered pitting, blade cleaned to bright and weak markings. Brass lightly polished, locking spring replaced, the letter "F" has been applied to the pommel cap in what appears to be lead. Scabbard good, with some finish loss and all of the stitching missing on the reverse.
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