Antique SHARPS New Model 1859 .50-70 GOVT CARBINE
Sharps Saddle Ring Carbine Converted
Here we present an antique Sharps New Model 1859 Cavalry Carbine, made circa 1859 in Hartford, Connecticut. There is a reason the good name of Sharps has lasted to the current day, reaching nearly legendary status. Those made prior to and during the American Civil War, from 1861-1865, were popular with the troops. They were handy, accurate, powerful and reliable guns, and many went to the Western Frontier as trappers, explorers and settlers moved that way.
This example was originally produced in the percussion format and used in the Civil War. After the war, in 1867, the U.S. Government paid Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Co. to update and convert about 31,000 of these to metallic cartridge for the military. This is one of the iconic carbines of Western lore.
The lock is marked “C. SHARPS PAT./OCT. 5TH 1862” AND “U.S. LAWRENCE PAT/APRIL 12 1859”.
The overall condition is fair to good. The metal surfaces are dark with age and show extensive use. The markings are clear and legible. The stock has been sanded throughout and remains solid. The bore is in good shape with visible rifling. The action on this carbine is strong. Here is a great old carbine that would look fantastic above the fireplace or in the office!
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Barrel is 22 inches.
Caliber: .50-70 GOVT
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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