CIVIL WAR Antique Sharps & Hankins NAVY Carbine
One of 6,686 Purchased by Navy During Civil War
Here we present an antique Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 Navy Carbine. Made from 1862-65, the total production of the Navy Carbine was only 6,686, making this quite a scarce representative of a Civil War long arm. These carbines are believed to have seen extensive service aboard various vessels during the American Civil War. Being that they were intended for use on the water, the Navy carbine was factory fitted with a very tight leather cover to prevent corrosion on the barrel, many of which have long disintegrated.
The shape of the carbine is distinctly Sharps (much like their pepperboxes) and operates a bit differently than other carbines of the era. The trigger guard doubles as a lever, which is opened by pressing a small tab inside the smaller loop of the lever. Opening the lever slides the barrel away from the recoil shield for loading and unloading. Great elevating rear sight and brass butt-plate. The left side of the frame is marked “SHARPS/PATENT/1859”. The right side is marked “SHARPS/&/HANKINS/PHILADA”. The leather jacket has long since been removed.
The overall condition is good. The metal surfaces are dark with age. The markings are clear and legible. The bore is in good shape and clearly rifled. The walnut stock is in fair shape showing some shrinkage and a stable crack related to the climate. The action on this carbine is strong.
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Barrel is 22 inches.
Caliber: .52 Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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