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Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection
This is a Sharps New Model 1859, single shot, breech-loading carbine. The Sharps New Model 1859, 1863 and 1865 carbines were all similar. They were termed straight breech models and were manufactured 1859-1866. Approximately 115,000 of the three types were made in both carbine and rifle pattern. Over 100,000 were employed by the U.S. Army and Navy during the Civil War. All three varieties used the Lawrence pellet priming system.
[lockplate] C. SHARPS' PAT. | OCT.5TH 1852; [hammer] R.S. LAWRENCE PAT. | APRIL 12th 1859; [left side of receiver] C. SHARPS' PAT | SEPT. 12TH 1848; [barrel] NEW MODEL 1859 [rear sight] SHARPS RIFLE | MANUFG.CO | HARTFORD CONN.; [breech tang] 38523; [rear sight] R.S. LAWRENCE | PATENTED | FEB. 15TH 1859
New Model 1859 Sharps Carbine, .52 caliber. Single shot, breech-loading, percussion rifled carbine. Two-piece walnut stock. One barrel band, spring retained. Fitted with Sharp disc primer. Iron block with brass blade front sight, Lawrence Patent rear sight. Sling ring bar left receiver, single sling swivel on butt. Sling ring cracked. (See Flayderman's Guide 5th Edition, p. 170 for short bio; Sellers, Sharps Firearms for details)
Sharps Model 1859 Carbine
As of 06-14-2017 this object is on display in the Cody Firearms Museum. If you are making a special trip, please double-check before visiting.