A .50-70 SHARPS NEW MODEL 1859 / 1867 METALLIC CARTRIDGE CONVERSION CARBINE OF THE INDIAN WARS, serial no. 53085,
circa 1862, with 22in. barrel rifled with three grooves, block and blade front-sight and ladder rear-sight, the lock stamped 'SHARPS PAT / OCT. 5TH 1852' to the centre and below the pellet primer 'R. S. LAWRENCE PAT / APRIL 12TH 1859', the action tang stamped with the serial number 53085, iron mounted two-piece walnut stock, half fore-end secured by one spring retained barrel band, sight ladder removed
Provenance: This is carbine was originally made in 1862 and would have seen issue during the Civil War. In 1867 it was one of 30,000 Sharps carbines totally refurbished and converted to .50-70 centrefire it might then have seen further issue and service during the Indian Wars as many of these Sharps conversions did
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Sold as an exempt item under Section 58 (2) of the 1968 Firearms Act, to be held as a curiosity or ornament