A Sharps New Model 1859 breechloading military rifle
Serial no. 42518, .52 caliber. 30 inch barrel with saber bayonet lug, Lawrence rear sight, block fore-sight with German silver blade and marked Sharps Rifle/Manufg. Co./Hartford, Conn./New Model 1859. Casehardened action and patchbox. Walnut stock and fore-end. No visible cartouches or inspection marks. Original black leather sling.
Condition: Fine. Barrel with smooth dark brown patina. Mint bore. Action retains considerable faded casehardening. Patchbox with 98% darkened casehardening. Excellent wood showing very few light marks. Sling with considerable surface flaking but very sound.