Merz Antique Firearms ~ Catalog of Old Guns and Related Items
MR989 HEAVY BARRELED SHARPS SPORTING RIFLE
Item # MR989
This is a J.P. Lower marked from the Old West! This isn't the super heavy bbl but very stout with almost 1" at the muzzle and tapered to over 1" at the frame. Gun weighs in at 11-1/2 pounds. Bbl is 30". Cal 45 2-1/10" (45-70). Bbl markings are "Old Reliable" and "Sharps Rifle Co". The J.P. Lower marking is underneath a long old gunsmith made rear sight. Rocky Mtn blade front sight. A very good looking rifle with an even aged look to the metal. The forearm is very nice with some old dings and mars but is intact. A lot of the forearms on these heavy bbl guns were cracked or broken. The buttstock is in fair cond but not quite as good as the forearm. There are a few repairs done and a couple of slivers missing by lower tang. Some letters have been scratched into it. On the left side is an imbedded star which ligns up with the brass head bolt on the right side. Bore is VG with good rifling right down to the chamber. Bright and shiny. A good cleaning may reveal some light pits and light roughness but overall the bore would be VG to VG+. Gun also has a working set trigger. Everyone wants a Sharps Buffalo gun. This one was there and did that!!
Antique $ 9,500.
MR974 SHARPS “JOHN BROWN” MODEL
Item # MR974
This a Sharps 1853 slant breech carbine. A pretty good condition Sharps for it's age. All metal has a deep antique patina. Brass hardware is nice. Wood is pretty good also on this carbine. Fits good. A little chip missing on the top where it meets the buttplate. An age crack coming off the upper tang and one along the bottom between the hammer and trigger. Forearm shows some age but is in relatively good cond. All of these were percussion. Very nice rifling in an otherwise dirty bore. Should clean to be at least a good bore. Sharps made a lot of rifles and carbines. This is an interesting variation.
Antique $ 3,975.
MR713 VERY FINE SHARPS 1878 BORCHARDT LONG RANGE SINGLE SHOT RIFLE
Item # MR713
Cal 45-100. Extremely fine gun! Original sights include veneer windage adjustable front sight. No rear seat. Folding tang sight with matching base on the back of the stock. Original wood has sharp rifling in excellent condition with a hard rubber buttplate. A few light handling mars. May have some varnish added but not re-finished or undersized. Retains about 95% bright original bbl blue. 50-60% thining case colors. Very nice English Walnut insert panels on the side plates. Very fine all original all matching Sharps Borchardt. According to Frank Sellers' book, only about 230 of these longe range were ever produced. Fine gun!
Antique $ 19,500.
MR1004 EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION 1874 SHARPS
Item # MR1004
This is a model 1874 Sporting Rifle with 28" oct bbl. Double set trigger. Desirable 45-70 cal. This fine Sharps was shipped to J.P. Lower in Denver in 1876. Lower was noted as being a large gun distributor in the Old West. The Sharps Rifle Company and Old Reliable are on the oct bbl. This gun is in wonderful cond with nearly all finish remaining on the bbl. Barely worn on the high spots. The receiver is also very nice and has a pleasing grey color. Stock wood fits very nicely both to tangs and the frame. Bore is VG+ to near excellent. Action is crisp. Set trigger works. Orig sights. There are some nice Sharps rifles out there and this one would be in that league. A very nice rifle with a Sharps Letter.
Antique $ 17,500.
MR961 VERY RARE SHARPS BORCHARDT
Item # MR961
This would be the model 1878 mid-range rifle. 40 cal 1-7/8" straight case Sharps. 30" bbl with the "Old Reliable" marking and also "Sharps Rifle Co" marking. Beautiful blue on this bbl with hardly any wear and just a little bit of freckling in places. The inside is just as nice with an extraordinary bore. The receiver has nearly all case colors remaining. Dimming somewhat but still very visible. Wood matches cond with the rest of the gun being very good right down to the buttplate. A very rare gun being one of about 200 that were made. Very nice collectable rifle!
Antique $ 11,500.
MR962 DESIRABLE SHARPS 1874 SPORTING RIFLE
Item # MR962
30" medium weight oct bbl with "OLD RELIABLE" marking, Sharps bbl address and cal 45. Likely a 45-70 cal as the cartridge does fit. Good looking rifle with 60-70% aging blue on bbl. Some freckling and light pitting in front of the forearm. A few rub marks to the blue. Receiver has clean smooth metal. Sharps rifle company is visible along with serial number which is 160k range. Color is mostly an aged antique grey/brown. Stock fits nicely to frame and tangs. Metal buttplate with slight shrinkage at the toe. Forearm is also in VG cond with no cracks or losses. Typical solid good functioning Sharps action. Bore is VG. Nice shiny bore with good rifling all the way to the chamber. A little roughness near the throat area. Could easily clean up to look even better. A very nice example of a Historical rifle.
Antique $ 9,750.
MR915 1878 SHARPS MILITARY RIFLE
Item # MR915
Cal 45-70. It has the orig 32" bbl and full length wood. It is missing the forend cap and cleaning rod. Both bands are present. The rear sight has been changed or modified. Bbl markings are "Old Reliable" and it does have the Sharps Rifle Co Bridgeport CT bbl address. On the left side of the frame this has the Borchardt patent stamping and also Sharp's markings. A very interesting gun in overall fair cond.
Antique $ 1,500.
MR922 SHARPS SLANT BREECH 1853 SRC
Item # MR922 -25-622
This is also called the "John Brown" model. These are a real piece of history and this one is a good representation in well used cond. There is some pitting on the bbl that has been cleaned. The rest of the gun is mostly a grey/brown color. A lot of dings on the hammer side. The lock plate markings are faint. Butt stock is in pretty good cond. It has the brass furniture which is very nice. On the left side of the stock is a name lightly applied. Not quite readable. This gun has the long ring bar for the saddle ring. Cal 52. Dark bore but good rifling. A great piece of history!
Antique $ 4,275.
SHARPS MODEL 1853 SPORTING RIFLE
Item # MR411-25-620
46 Caliber. 11,XXX serial number range, 26 oct bbl, only approximately 1,100 '53 sporting rifles made in this configuration. Overall gun is in exc cond with a considerable amount of orig blue remaining on the bbl starting to turn a plummish brown coloration, receiver has turned mostly dark but still has traces of case colors remaining, exc bore, orig sights. Orig wood has a few minor dings but retains most orig varnish; complete with iron patchbox, a pewter forend cap and double set triggers. All matching numbers, exc and all orig throughout.
Antique $ 8,500.
SHARPS BOKER CONVERSION SPORTING RIFLE IN, WE ASSUME .40-70 CALIBER.
Item # MR302-25-615
With a 30 extra heavy octagon barrel, VG bore. Barrel is a plum brown patina coloration with no markings visible, Lawrence rear sight is missing the staff, double set triggers, Springfield hammer. Wood shows use with a large crack in the buttstock that has been repaired with nails. 11+ lbs. The hammer is from a trapdoor Springfield. Looks great!
Antique $ 4,250 sale pending.
SHARPS MODEL 1853 SLANT BREECH SPORTING RIFLE
Item # MR410-25-616
25,XXX serial number range. 26 full oct bbl, orig sights, VG bore. Orig wood is in generally VG cond with a very small repair to the toe which is hardly noticeable and a brass patchbox. Overall metal is a plum brown patina coloration with exc markings, mechanically exc. Clean gun which is basically a plum brown patina coloration overall. All orig, good looking gun.
Antique $ 7,250.
SHARPS MODEL 1853 SPORTING CARBINE
Item # MR412-25-617
Caliber 44, 21" round bbl, with standard 'Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Co. Hartford, CT' markings on top. Lockplates have '1852' date stamp, brass patchbox. Orig wood is generally VG with an old refinish and a couple of small cracks up on the forearm. Overall metal is decent with a blue brown patina coloration to the bbl as well as the receiver having a more nickelly appearance. Smooth clean little gun in a quite rare configuration. 23,XXX serial number range.
Antique $ 4,850.
SHARPS SLANT BREECH MODEL 53 SPORTING RIFLE IN CALIBER .60
Item # MR408-25-618
Orig 26" full octagon heavyweight bbl, VG bore, good markings, orig wood is in VG cond with brass patchbox, correct double set triggers, orig sights. Bbl retains most the blue which has turned a patina plum coloration, receiver has traces of case colors, nice markings. Sharp, clean, all orig little gun.
Antique $ 6,800.
MODEL 1874 SHARPS SPORTING RIFLE
Item # MR442-25-623
Caliber 40. Orig full oct 30" bbl, Beaches front and orig factory rear sights, bore is bright and shiny with sharp rifling. Orig wood stocks have a few minor usage marks but generally near exc with most orig varnish remaining, double set triggers, shotgun style buttplate as well as the 'Bridgeport, CT Old Reliable' bbl markings. Gun is guaranteed all orig with 75-80% toning bbl blue, receiver retains 20-25% case colors turning somewhat dark in areas. All orig throughout; complete with Factory Letter indicating the gun was shipped to the New York address of 'E.S. Harris'. Nice gun!
Antique $ 19,500.
MR544 VERY RARE SHARPS LINE THROWING GUN
Item # MR544-25-624
This is set up to fire 50 caliber carbine blank cartridge. The overall gun is in VG condition, with a saddle ring. Bbl is approximately 15" long. No rear sight provisions. No bbl address. This gun is guaranteed to be absolutely correct. One of the very few Sharp line throwing guns that I know to be correct. Wood is VG plus, as is the metal. Bbl is a silvery-brown patina. Frame has some case wear spots but it has clean smooth metal with traces of blue here and there. Action is excellent. Included in this kit is a fitted case with 5 flechettes, 2 hand held wooden dowels with rope, a neat compartment for your 50 caliber blank cartridges and a correct short cleaning rod all fitted in this custom built case. The case is very old. This nice complete outfit would be a fine addition to any Sharps collection or for someone who collects unique items.
Antique $ 4,150.
SHARPS MODEL 1853 SPORTING RIFLE
Item # MR420-25-619
Caliber 36 Percussion. 26 full oct bbl, orig sights, VG bore. Orig wood shows a fair amount of use but is still sound and solid with a brass patchbox and buttplate. 8,400 serial number range, good markings, mechanically VG, a fair amount of pitting on the receiver and lockplate, bbl is mostly a plummish brown coloration. All orig.
Antique $ 4,900.