38. Sharps New Model 1863 Percussion Rifle

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serial #C,34595, .52 cal, 30" barrel with a bright excellent, immaculate bore, for nearly its full-length, the first 4 inches ahead of the chamber showing light pitting. The barrel and bands have toned to a dull tarnished pewter patina with scattered light pitting, with one area which is more moderate between the two rear-most bands, perhaps from blood pitting. The model marking is fully evident as is the left side flat "M.N.M. inspectors stamping. The frame and lockplate are primarily a dark tarnished pewter patina with silvery speckles of case-hardening remaining, the hammer a darker mottled case-hardened patina. The lever and lower tang primarily a deep gray-brown. The buttstock rates about very good, now devoid of varnish, with no remnants of a cartouche and overall light dings and handling marks. The patchbox and buttplate show remnants of silvery case-hardening and the capital letters "AA" have been carved near the heel. The forearm rates very good as well with the expected scattered dings and handling marks that come from an issued arm. The breechblock fits well and the lock is crisp and mechanically functional and the tape priming mechanism appears as though it would work properly. An about very good example overall destined to fill that hole in your Civil War long-arm collection. (38238-28) {ANTIQUE} (2000/3000) SOLD FOR $2,875.00

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