Sharps New Model 1863 Carbine

Object Number: 
1873.22
Date: 
1863-1865
Medium: 
Wood, iron, steel
Dimensions: 
Overall: 39 3/8 in. ( 100 cm ) Part (barrel): 22 in. (55.9 cm)
Marks: 
stamped: breech end of barrel: "NEW MODEL 1863" and "E.A.W." stamped: barrel: "SHARPS RIFLE/MANUFG. CO./HARTFORD, CONN." stamped: receiver: "W" and "C. SHARPS' PAT./SEPT. 12TH 1848" stamped: lock: "C. SHARPS' PAT./OCT. 5TH 1852" and "R.S. LAWRENCE PAT
Description: 
Wood, iron, and steel percussion carbine; iron furniture; stamped marks at barrel, breech end of barrel, lock, left side of receiver, hammer, barrel tang, rear sight, left side of stock at wrist, sling ring bar, and behind trigger bow; incised letters on buttstock.
Gallery Label: 
Sharps carbines were the most widely used cavalry arm of the Civil War, and nearly all of the carbines made during the war saw service with Union or Confederate regiments.
Credit Line: 
Gift of C.B. Colton
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group