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MODEL 1868 SHARPS CARBINE – EXCELLENT CONDITION:  A very historic, Indian War period conversion of a Civil War Sharps Carbine, modified to chamber the .50/70 cartridge, this Model 1868 Sharps Carbine has survived the passage of time in excellent condition.   

Showing no evidence of issue and use in the field, the metal and wood surfaces are as close to “like new” as is likely to be encountered on the current market.  The receiver, breech block, lever, trigger plate, butt plate and barrel band all retain visible traces of the case colors.  The barrel retains the original blue finish.  The screw heads retain much of the original bright blue finish with no damage or wear to the screw heads.  As expected, the lock mechanism and breech block function as crisp as the day it was manufactured. The bore is like new - featuring clear bright lands and grooves, and distinct clear rifling throughout, without any pitting or darkening.   

All of the Sharps manufacturing and patent information stamps are present and legible on the lock plate and receiver, and the Lawrence patent information is present on the rear sight.  The serial number on the upper receiver tang is present and fully legible.    

The butt stock and forearm are likewise in excellent condition and retain the original finish, showing only the slightest handling marks and no damage or wear.  The left side flat of the butt stock bears a clear, legible cartouche, and the forearm is stamped with an inspector’s initial on the right side flat immediately forward of the receiver.   

This is beautiful example of one of the most famous and highly respected cavalry carbines employed during the early Indian War years, and of a quality that is seldom encountered specifically because most Sharps Carbines were used so extensively during their period of issue. This is a good opportunity to add an investment grade carbine to your collection.  SOLD

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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