331. Rare Sharps Line Throwing Gun

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serial #75961, .50-70 blank, 11 1/2" smooth bore barrel with a bright excellent bore showing only a couple spots of light oxidation. The barrel on this New Model 1863 Sharps is primarily a plum brown patina with some light oxidation present, the original rear sight remains intact. The frame shows some strong smoky mottled case-hardening with nice colors in the protected areas, perhaps 20% remaining. The lockplate and hammer as well show smoky mottled case-hardening with generous traces beneath the hammer. The lever and lower tang are a dull pewter patina with some light brown oxidation. The walnut buttstock rates very good with minor handling marks from the years but with good original varnish and a reattached chip from the toe about 6" long. The forend shows a bit more wear with more handling marks and light dings. The sling ring bar is intact, the ring is no longer present but the gun is crisp and mechanically functional. Purportedly there were less than 75 of these guns made by the Sharps Company for the United States Revenue Cutter Service or the U.S. Life-Saving Service. There is a hole drilled through the buttstock at the heel, no doubt for mounting purposes. A very scarce and interesting example overall. (38726-8) {ANTIQUE} (1500/2000) SOLD FOR $1,150.00

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