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Sale A1122 Lot 728

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A .50-70 SHARPS NEW MODEL 1859 / 1867 METALLIC CARTRIDGE CONVERSION CARBINE OF THE INDIAN WARS, serial no. 72,581,
with 22in. barrel rifled with three grooves, block and blade front-sight and ladder rear-sight, the lock stamped 'SHARPS PAT / OCT. 5TH 18522' to the centre and below the pellet primer 'R. S. LAWRENCE PAT / APRIL 12TH 1859' top of primer removed, the action tang stamped with the serial number 72,581 dating 1863, iron mounted two-piece walnut stock, the butt with crisp cartouche half fore-end secured by one spring retained barrel band, barrel to a grey patina

Provenance: This was originally a New Model 59 made in 1863, In 1867 the U.S. Ordnance contracted with the Sharps Company to convert over 30,000 carbines to .50-70 centrefire. The carbines were totally refurbished, some retained their original .52 six groove rifled barrels and others had a liner fitted into the barrel with three groove rifling reducing the calibre to .50 making them a true .50-70 and a much more accurate weapon. This example has the improved barrel Most were issued to cavalry regiments on the western frontier during the Indian Wars. They remained on issue until replaced with the .45-70 Trapdoor Springfield carbine. A piece of both Civil War and Western history.



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Estimate £800-1,000

Sold as an exempt item under Section 58 (2) of the 1968 Firearms Act, to be held as a curiosity or ornament




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