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OUTSTANDING ID'ED SHARPS 1859 BERDAN RIFLE
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SERIAL 55015. BARREL 30". BORE .52. CIRCA 1862 Offered is one of the finest condition Berdan Sharps rifles ever discovered of the approximately 2000 rifles shipped to Berdan in 1862. This consignment came from a local area resident whose grandfather acquired it from a neighbor who was member of original family of James Baker. The grandfather died in 1959 and this gun was still in the same closet , untouched, since his death. This rifle is all original and has survived all those years resting in the original Civil War era rifle case of James Baker whose name is stamped into the deteriorating leather. James Baker was a resident of Wayne County Ohio and enlisted into the Berdan Sharpshooters at the age of 20. He was assigned to the 1st Regiment, Company K. There is no need to go into the history or battles fought by the Berdan Sharpshooters as entire books have been written on the subject. Suffice it to say that the battles fought included Gettysburg and just about every major conflict between 1862 through 1865. It was the sharpshooters job to pick off enemy leaders so as to throw the troops into disarray. Like all snipers through the ages, they took great care to preserve their weapons which would explain the period leather case. As to the rifle, the serial number falls directly into the block of numbers shipped to Berdan's troops. Two examples of known Berdan rifles are serial numbers 55008 and 55058. The special order 1859 Sharps rifles featured double set adjustable triggers, no extra bayonet lug with standard finish. The inside patch box has punch dot and extra nipple. Standard features include blued round barrel, three barrel bands, sling swivels, Lawrence rear sight, tape priming system, case color frame, lever, hammer, butt plate and patch box. Barrel is stamped New Model 1859, Sharps Rifle Manufg. Co. Hartford Conn. Right side of frame is stamped with 1859 Lawrence pat. date and C. Sharps Pat. Left side of frame also has C.Sharps pat. Fore-end has OWA Ainsworth inspector stamp at base. When addressing condition, this rifle is nothing short of amazing. Every screw is true and each retains virtually all of the original fire blue finish. The frame and patch box retain at least 95% original case colors, most still brilliant. The lever & butt plate show traces of color but mostly dull gray. The barrel is thinned at muzzle to front sight but balance is a rich blend of original blue with patina showing through. All legends are razor sharp. The stocks are superb with original oil finish, virtually no mars or marks of any note sans light handling. No cracking, no chips, no gouges, nothing The bore is like new, crisp and shiny. This rifle was stored in its original leather case stamped J.B.Baker along with two original and rare single cavity bullet molds and lead ladle. If a finer condition Berdan Sharps Rifle exists , we are not aware of it. ANTIQUE
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OUTSTANDING ID'ED SHARPS 1859 BERDAN RIFLE

Estimate $20,000 - $30,000
Jan 30, 2021
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0264: OUTSTANDING ID'ED SHARPS 1859 BERDAN RIFLE

Sold for $21,500
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Est. $20,000 - $30,000Starting Price $10,000
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SERIAL 55015. BARREL 30". BORE .52. CIRCA 1862 Offered is one of the finest condition Berdan Sharps rifles ever discovered of the approximately 2000 rifles shipped to Berdan in 1862. This consignment came from a local area resident whose grandfather acquired it from a neighbor who was member of original family of James Baker. The grandfather died in 1959 and this gun was still in the same closet , untouched, since his death. This rifle is all original and has survived all those years resting in the original Civil War era rifle case of James Baker whose name is stamped into the deteriorating leather. James Baker was a resident of Wayne County Ohio and enlisted into the Berdan Sharpshooters at the age of 20. He was assigned to the 1st Regiment, Company K. There is no need to go into the history or battles fought by the Berdan Sharpshooters as entire books have been written on the subject. Suffice it to say that the battles fought included Gettysburg and just about every major conflict between 1862 through 1865. It was the sharpshooters job to pick off enemy leaders so as to throw the troops into disarray. Like all snipers through the ages, they took great care to preserve their weapons which would explain the period leather case. As to the rifle, the serial number falls directly into the block of numbers shipped to Berdan's troops. Two examples of known Berdan rifles are serial numbers 55008 and 55058. The special order 1859 Sharps rifles featured double set adjustable triggers, no extra bayonet lug with standard finish. The inside patch box has punch dot and extra nipple. Standard features include blued round barrel, three barrel bands, sling swivels, Lawrence rear sight, tape priming system, case color frame, lever, hammer, butt plate and patch box. Barrel is stamped New Model 1859, Sharps Rifle Manufg. Co. Hartford Conn. Right side of frame is stamped with 1859 Lawrence pat. date and C. Sharps Pat. Left side of frame also has C.Sharps pat. Fore-end has OWA Ainsworth inspector stamp at base. When addressing condition, this rifle is nothing short of amazing. Every screw is true and each retains virtually all of the original fire blue finish. The frame and patch box retain at least 95% original case colors, most still brilliant. The lever & butt plate show traces of color but mostly dull gray. The barrel is thinned at muzzle to front sight but balance is a rich blend of original blue with patina showing through. All legends are razor sharp. The stocks are superb with original oil finish, virtually no mars or marks of any note sans light handling. No cracking, no chips, no gouges, nothing The bore is like new, crisp and shiny. This rifle was stored in its original leather case stamped J.B.Baker along with two original and rare single cavity bullet molds and lead ladle. If a finer condition Berdan Sharps Rifle exists , we are not aware of it. ANTIQUE

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