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Serial # C41754. Barrel length 30". Caliber .52. Made in 1865, this is one of the highest known serial numbers for this model. It was ordered to outfit the US Volunteers that was formed in 1865. This rifle features a blue barrel, three case color barrel bands, saber bayonet lug under barrel, case color fore-end cap, case color frame, lever & hammer along with patch box and butt-plate. The screws are fire blued as is take-down lever, breech block and top of tape priming system. The barrel is stamped New Model 1863 along with Sharps Rifle Manufg. Co. Hartford Conn. Rear sight has the Lawrence stamp. Sharps rifle stamps on both sides of frame. The left side of stock has two TWR cartouche stamps for Thomas W. Russell. The same initials are stamped on left breech of barrel. as well as on the bottom of the fore-arm. There is a small P stamp under wrist. It looks as if there is a TWR stamp on bottom of stock at heel. Fire blue barrel band springs. Condition; Simply outstanding. Nearly all the britht nitre blue intact on all such finished parts. The case colors have faded just a bit on butt-plate and bottom of lever, otherwise they are all there and most are bright as new. The walnut stocks are near mint, beautiful oil finish with barely a handling mark. Nearly 100% case colors are still intact on bands and cap. 100% original barrel blue with maybe a handling mark and a touch of muzzle wear. Mirror bright bore and an action that is like new. It is almost impossible to fathom how any firearm of this age could survive in nearly new condition. If it wasn't for couple of minor age freckles, you would swear the rifle was made in last couple of years. It would be impossible to find a nicer example, period. (A)

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Estimate $15,000 - $20,000
$7,5000 bids
Starting Bid $7,500
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Willoughby, OH, USA