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Rare Berdan Sharps New Model 1859




Our Price: sold

Rare Berdan Sharps New Model 1859, serial number 54516 appears on receiver tang and underside of barrel. 52 caliber. Fine 3-band rifle with 30″ round barrel, square base front sight/bayonet lug with Lawrence Patent ladder rear sight & standard Sharps markings on barrel, receiver & lockplate. Receiver has double set triggers and it falls in serial range of known Berdan Sharpshooter rifles. Mounted with straight grain walnut buttstock with legible “JT”, for John Taylor, cartouche on left wrist & small “S.L”inspector mark on left side of barrel. It has standard round forearm with spring band keepers and sling swivels with normal Sharps buttplate. It has a steel 2-piece patchbox in right side of butt. A punch mark appears on the inside of patchbox which is believed to be a final inspection mark of Taylor.

Berdan’s Sharpshooters were organized in late 1861 by Col. Hiram Berdan and after much wrangling with The Ordnance Dept., 1,000 Sharps rifles were ordered in Jan. 1862 with the order being increased to 2,000 in Feb. 1862. Col. Berdan contacted Sharps Co. and requested them to modify the contract to supply double set triggers to which they readily complied. When the Chief of the Ordnance Dept., learned of this from his inspectors, he immediately ordered the company to stop abridgment of the contract which was done after only about 500 of the double set trigger rifles were completed. Balance of contract of 1,500 rifles was furnished with single triggers. Reference: Sharps Firearms, Sellers.

Excellent condition. Strong traces of case color in protected areas adjacent to hammer with the balance of case color pattern still evident. Stock & forearm are sound with usual nicks & ding. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with light to moderate pitting.




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