Merz Antique Firearms ~ Catalog of Old Guns and Related Items
MR434 SHARPS MODEL 1878 MILITARY RIFLE
Item # MR434
The 32 bbl is chambered in 45-70 and is mostly a blue brown patina with quite a bit of blue remaining. Front sight is a modifled blade, standard military rear, markings on the bbl are 'Old Reliable' and 'Sharps Rifle Co.'; receiver is marked 'Sharps Rifle Co. Bridgeport, CT'. This gun is in the 19,XXX serial range. Overall cond of wood is VG; there was a chip in the wrist area that has been repaired, no loss of wood and is solid. No ramrod with gun but complete with orig checkered metal buttplate. Receiver retains most bluing on the left side and is more of a brownish on the right side-it probably hung on display somewhere for years and years. Bore is fair to good with some roughness towards the chamber area. These hammerless Sharps are kind of the odd duck of the Sharps line; very unique and scarce.
Antique $ 2,475.
MR848 SHARPS PERCUSSION SRC
Item # MR848 -23-415
This one is marked "New Model 1863" on the bbl. It has all the other standard markings on the frame. It has not been converted and is in the orig percussion configuration. The Lawrence primer system is intact. The metal is a brown/grey color. Has a very aged looked but overall is good cond. All markings are visible. The gun has a good bore with strong rifling. Some roughness and a few scattered pits but overall is good to VG. The wood does show its age but has survived remarkably well. Good fitting. It is very dark and may have had a coat of dark oil added a long time ago. Gun has good eye appeal.
Antique $ 2,295.
SHARPS MODEL 1853 SPORTING RIFLE
Item # MR411-22-458
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 # MR302-19-301
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.
SHARPS NEW MODEL 1863 PERCUSSION RIFLE
Item # MR517-21-371
.52 caliber with three bands on 30 barrel, nice shiny bore, smooth clean metal with a plum brown patina and a few small areas of very light pitting. Overall wood is solid but underside of forend has a 6" crack that has been repaired. Complete with sling eyes and patchbox buttstock.
Antique $ 3,500 sale pending.
SHARPS MODEL 1853 SLANT BREECH SPORTING RIFLE
Item # MR410-22-456
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 # MR412-21-373
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 # MR408-21-375
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 # MR442-20-311
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.
VERY RARE SHARPS LINE THROWING GUN
Item # MR544-19-296
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 # MR420-22-459
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.