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A .50-70 SHARPS NEW MODEL 1859 / 1867 METALLIC CARTRIDGE CONVERSION CARBINE OF THE INDIAN WARS, serial no. 65650,
circa 1863, with 22in. barrel rifled with five 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 65,650, iron mounted two-piece walnut stock, half fore-end secured by one spring retained barrel band, repaired crack to forend and fracture to barrel tang

Provenance: This is carbine was originally made circa 1862/63 and would have seen issue and use during the American Civil War. In 1867 it was one of 30,000 Sharps carbines totally refurbished and converted to .50-70 centrefire, some were fitted with barrel liners with three groove rifling, this example retained its original barrel and rifling form. Many of these refurbished 50-70 Sharps carbines were issued to cavalry units during the Indian Wars 1868/73 seeing service and action until replaced with Springfield Trapdoor carbines.



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Estimate £400-600




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