A .54 SHARPS NEW MODEL 1863 CAPPING BREECH LOADING CAVALRY CARBINE OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR, CIRCA 1864, serial no. C27531,
with 22in. barrel rifled with six grooves, stamped 'SHARPS RIFLE / MANFG. CO. / HARTFORD CONN' in front of the rear-sight and behind it 'NEW MODEL 1863', fitted with a block and blade front-sight and ladder rear-sight, the lock marked to the centre 'SHARPS PAT. OCT. 5TH 1852' and at the top below the pellet primer 'R. S. LAWRENCE PATENT APRIL 12TH 1859', the action tang stamped with the serial number C27,531, dating the carbine to 1864, iron mounted two piece walnut stock with butt-trap and side rib and ring, the left butt impressed with a faint inspecting officer's cartouche, closer to the butt is a large rub mark, (many Sharps carbine are encountered with this feature indicative of rubbing in a saddle scabbard and use), small repair to the toe of the butt
Provenance: The New Model 63 Sharps was produced from 1863 to 1865 in the serial range 75,000 to C40,000. When production of Sharps arms reached 100,000 a C was added, hence gun number C27,531 is actually Sharps no. 127,531. The Sharps carbine was the main arm of the federal cavalry during the Civil War seeing action in all major campaigns. After the war many were sold off as surplus going West with farmers, settlers and cowboys. A true piece of American history
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