Antique SHARPS New Model 1859 .50-70 GOVT CARBINE
Sharps Saddle Ring Carbine Converted by the Factory!
Here we present an antique Sharps New Model 1859 Cavalry Carbine, made circa 1859 in Hartford, Connecticut. There is a reason the good name of Sharps has lasted to the current day, reaching nearly legendary status. Those made prior to and during the American Civil War, from 1861-1865, were popular with the troops. They were handy, accurate, powerful and reliable guns, and many went to the Western Frontier as trappers, explorers and settlers moved that way.
This example was originally produced in the percussion format and used in the Civil War. After the war, in 1867, the U.S. Government paid Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Co. to update and convert about 31,000 of these to metallic cartridge for the military. This one still bears faint government inspector cartouche from when it originally entered service. In addition, this one bears a clear government inspector cartouche in a ribbon with the initials “DFC” in the middle of the left side of the butt stock. This inspector mark was placed there after the conversion was performed and are the initials of David F. Clark. Small, single letter inspection marks throughout. This carbine would have seen an extended service life with the U.S. Army late into the 19th Century, a period marked by conflict with Native Americans on the Western Frontier. This is one of the iconic carbines of Western lore.
The top of the barrel is marked “New Model 1859”. The left side of the stock is hand-marked “E. PAUL” near the butt plate.
The overall condition is good. The metal surfaces are dark with age. The markings are legible. The walnut stock is in very good shape with visible cartouches. The bore has strong rifling and clean surfaces. The action is excellent. Here is a fantastic example of a Civil War-production Sharps Carbine kept going well into the late 1800s by conversion to .50-70 GOVT!
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Barrel is 22 inches.
Caliber: .50-70 GOVT
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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