A .52 PERCUSSION BREECH-LOADING CARBINE, MODEL '1863 NEW MODEL' BY SHARPS, USA, serial no. C.22191,
circa 1864, with 22in. barrel signed 'SHARPS RIFLE MANUFG CO HARTFORD CONN' forwards of rear-sight, block and blade fore-sight, folding ladder rear-sight, 'NEW MODEL 1863' stamped at breech, vertical dropping block receiver, the lockplate with in-built tape primer and marked 'R.S. LAWRENCE PAT. APRIL 12TH 1859', the body of the lock marked 'C. SHARPS PAT. OCT. 5TH 1852', straight hand walnut butt-stock, no provision for patchbox, iron heel-plate, under-lever opening, saddle-ring mounted to left hand side of the receiver, walnut splinter fore-end (losses in antiquity to both upper edges) and single iron barrel-band
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