Merz Antique Firearms ~ Catalog of Old Guns and Related Items
MR918 SHARPS CONVERSION SPORTING RIFLE
Item # MR918
Cal 45-70. This is one of the conversions that was done by Sharps Rifle Co and is so stated on the bbl. Also has the marking "Old Reliable". 28" oct bbl with Lawrence rear sight and Rocky Mtn blade front sight. This gun has a lot of Western flare and has seen some heavy use. The forearm is deeply worn but most is still there. A chip missing towards the Schnable forearm tip on the left and a crack or two. Heavily worn but full of character. Pretty cool! The buttstock has also seen a lot of use but not as bad. One piece missing by the lock plate. Lots of dents and dings and a couple of light cracks but pretty much intact. This one would look great above your fieldstone fireplace or in the den!
Antique $ 2,895 sale pending.
MR1023 VERY RARE SHARPS 1878 MILITARY CARBINE
Item # MR1023
This is the Borchardt design Sharps carbine which was also the last carbine that Sharps ever made. Very rare in the fact that only about 384 of these were ever made. Most likely you have never seen one of these and very likely you will ever see one again. It does have the standard Sharps marking including "Old Reliable" and "Sharps Rifle Co" on the bbl. On the side is "Borchardt Patent" and "Sharps Rifle Co". The Borchardt design was a narrower slim trim well balanced hammerless design. Cal is the always popular 45-70. Very nice cond gun with ample blue remaining. Some wear towards the muzzle. Thinning in a few spots. Very good markings. Receiver retains 60-70% finish. Faded case colors on lever and breech block. Wood couldn't be much nicer either. A few mars and scratches but for being 135+ years old a fine condition stock. An added bonus is the VG+ to excellent bore. Sharps Letter accompanies this gun which states that this gun was sent to Curry and Bro in San Francisco. Sharps Letters are very good and very informative. Excellent collectable gun!
Antique $ 5,975.
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.
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 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.