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New Model 1863 Sharps Carbine
Item #: WR563
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This is a Sharps New Model 1863 carbine from the Civil War. The 22" barrel has a nice even steel gray patina. The bore is in excellent condition, with the original six groove rifling being very strong and showing no pitting. The proof marks of E.A.W. are stamped on the left barrel flat by the breech. The breech and receiver share the same patina as the barrel. The saddle bar and ring are present and show minimal wear. The wood is a beautiful medium brown with great eye appeal. The stock has a couple of minute dings and nicks from normal handling. Nothing major, just mentioned for accuracy. There are two rectangle cartouches on the left side just below the saddle bar, the upper one has two initials and the lower one has three initials. There are no cracks in the wood anywhere. The barrel band and butt plate are iron. The barrel band has a matching patina with the barrel. The butt plate has a slightly darker patina. The weapon stamps are all correct. The barrel is stamped is three places. Stamped between the barrel band and rear sight is SHARPS RIFLE/ MANUFG CO/ HARTFORD CONN. The rear sight base is stamped R.S. LAWRENCE/ PATENTED/ FEB 15th 1859. Behind the rear sight the last barrel stamp reads NEW MODEL 1863. The right side of the receiver is stamped C. SHARPS' PAT/ OCT 5th 1852 and behind the hammer R.S. LAWRENCE PAT/ APRIL 12th 1859. The left side of the receiver is stamped C. SHARPS' PAT/ SEPT 12th 1848. The breechblock is stamped in two places. The left rear is stamped R.S. LAWRENCE/ PATENT/ DEC 20th 1859. The right side is stamped H. CONANT/ PATENT/ APR 1st 1856. The barrel and receiver are both marked with the serial number C21749. The mechanics of the carbine operate flawlessly, to include the pellet primer system. This style of carbine was the workhorse for the Union Cavalry! This one has survived in remarkable condition, displays fantastic and is very capable of being fired. While I'd like to say this one was Confederate used, I guess the Yankees had to have some weapons. As a matter of fact, the Civil War Sharps Carbines & Rifles book by Coates & McAulay show this serial number within the range of carbines issued to C Company, 15th New York Cavalry. The nearest number to this gun is C21739, just 10 digits off from this serial number. So, if you are a Union Cavalry collector this could very well be the center piece of your collection!

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