Model 1878 Sharps-Borchardt Rifle

Object Number: 
1960.43
Date: 
1878-1881
Medium: 
Wood, steel
Dimensions: 
barrel length: 32 1/4 in. ( 81.9 cm ) Overall: 48 3/4 in. ( 123.8 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: left frame: "BORCHARDT PATENT/SHARPS RIFLE CO. BRIDGEPORT, CONN./U.S.A."; bottom frame: "6179" stamped: barrel: "Old Reliable" (foliate); "SHARPS RIFLE CO. BRIDGEPORT, CONN."
Description: 
Wood and steel rifle; steel furniture; ramrod channel; stamped marks on bottom and left of frame, and on barrel.
Gallery Label: 
The ramrod channel on this Model 1878 Sharps-Borchardt rifle indicates that it was made for military use; no other rifles of this model were manufactured with ramrods.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Kenneth C. Miller
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group