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Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection
This is a Sharps and Hankins, Model 1862, breech-loading, single shot carbine, manufactured about 1862-1867. About 13,000 were made. When the arm is closed, breech of barrel enters into the recoil sheld. The Navy purchased 6685 Army type, 24-inch barrel, without leather cover; 1467 were purchased during the Civil War.
The Cavalry type with 19-inch barrel was sometimes tinned. They were sometimes called the 11th New York Volunteer Cavalry model as that unit was issued this type. About 1000 were made.
The leather covering on the Navy issue piece was for rust protection in naval use.
left side of receiver: SHARPS/PATENT/1859 G (raised;) P, G [on right side of receiver:] SHARPS/&/HANKINS/PHILADA. [on right side of opening lever:] 94 [on bottom of barrel (rear):] 7738/S [on upper tang:] 7738
Sharps & Hankins Navy Model 1862
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.