A RARE .52 SHARPS MODEL 1852 CAPPING BREECH LOADING CARBINE, CIRCA 1854, serial no 4523,
with 21 1/2in. barrel rifled with six grooves, brass blade front-sight and fixed vee rear-sight (period replacement), back-action lock marked to centre 'C. SHARPS / PATENT 1852' and having Sharps patent pellet primer, (top missing and mechanism missing), action tang stamped 'C SHARPS / PATENT 1848', two piece brass mounted walnut stock, the butt with patchbox, half fore-end with one brass band from which a long sling-bar extends back to the action (the reason for the long sling bar being apparently for muzzle loading on horse back in an emergency if no prepared cartridges were available)
Provenance: The Sharps Model 1852 was made 1853 to 1855, with a total quantity of just 5000 of all types in the serial range 2050 to 7500. The distinguishing feature of the M52 being the long spring retained action hinge pin. The first trials in Britain of the Sharps system in 1854 was with a Model 1852
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