Sharps New Model 1863 Rifle

.52 caliber. 30" barrel length. SN: C31974. Lever action breechloading percussion rifle with adjustable folding ladder rear sight and coin silver blade lug front sight. Blued metal finish with case hardening to receiver, breech, lock, and trigger plate. Two piece walnut stock has a plain straight grip and forearm with three iron barrel bands and an iron forend cap. Item features a lug for bayonet attachment, sling swivels to middle band and edge of toe, and tape primer. Stock also has a basic patchbox to right side of butt. Markings include Sharps 3-line manufacturer address and model name to top of barrel, along with Moses N. Marshall "M.N.M." marks to left side of barrel in front of breech and just above forearm. Item also has 2-line Sharps patent date marks to left of frame, and R.S. Lawrence patent markings to rear sight. There are small "M" markings to various parts overall. Stock has two inspector's cartouches to left wrist, they are illegible, but are most likely boxed Nathan S. Possons "NSP" and boxed Thomas W. Russell "TWR" marks. 


Good. Bore is dark. Finish possibly polished or buffed at some point considering sides of barrel appear to have bluing left. Case hardening is weak and only visible in small clouds on frame. Wood stock appears it may have been lightly sanded at some point. Buttplate is not flush and has a slight overlap. Cartouche markings are weak and illegible as a result. 

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
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