285. Fine Sharps Model 1874 Long Range No. 2 Target Rifle

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serial #158374, 45 2 4/10", 32" part round part octagon barrel with a bright excellent bore. This rifle has an interesting history having been invoiced to two different Sharps employees during the 1876 Centennial Matches at Creedmoor. The rifle was invoiced to George W. Yale on July 29, 1876 with two other No. 2 Long Range rifles and a quantity of ammunition. The rifle was returned on August, 11th 1876. A New York times article from August 9, 1876 shows Yale's shooting scores from practice matches at Creedmoor, in preparation for the Centennial matches which were held in October of that year. Yale was an employee of Sharps since the 1860s, was an effective salesman and shooter and was actually the shop Superintendent from 1872 until 1875 when Nelson King left Winchester and joined Sharps as their superintendent. This rifle was again invoiced on August 21, 1876 to Charles E. Overbaugh, another Sharps employee and competitive shooter. Overbaugh returned the rifle to the factory on December 22, 1876. It is very easy to piece together that this rifle was either used at the Centennial Matches in competition or as a sample rifle to solicit sales from the other competitors at the matches. The ultimate destination is not listed in the records. The rifle has matching numbers on the action and barrel and remains in very nice condition. The barrel shows 95% evenly thinning original blue finish overall showing crisp Bridgeport address and "Old Reliable" trademark. The action and lock retain about 75% original color case-hardened finish which has softened slightly over time and has a lovely antique appearance. There is a thin coat of varnish on the action and lock presumably added to preserve the color. The checkered pistolgrip buttstock and forend are of figured walnut and rate excellent with 95% original finish remaining and with sharp checkering. The rifle is fitted with a coarsely checkered steel shotgun buttplate and is sighted with a windgauge front with spirit level, no rear seat and a long lange Vernier tang mounted peepsight.. The rifle comes with a January, 2009 dated factory letter outlining the rifle's configuration and invoicing information. A very interesting and fine Sharps rifle invoiced to two different Sharps employees, both of whom were respected target shooters that participated in the Centennial Creedmoor Matches of 1876. (18860-1) {ANTIQUE} (10,000/15,000) Sold For 12650.00

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