39. () Sharps Model 1877, 45-70 caliber, “Old Reliable” – “marked 34” octagon barrel, blue and case hardened finish, wood stocks, shotgun butt, single trigger, Serial #NVSN. This beautifully engraved custom rifle was created by Dave Garman, former owner of Arcadia Sharps Co. The rifle represents the Sharps model 1877 with Freund modifications, double extractor, custom engraved lock plate, receiver, lever, trigger and hammer.
Condition: Overall fine! It shows approximately 99% custom blue finish on the barrel and 99% vivid case color with expertly accomplished engraving in the style of the original Freund’s Wyoming Armory rifles. The bore is “fine” and the action is crisp. The rear sight is adjustable and the front is a flip-up Beech. The select Walnut butt-stock has a fine semi-pistol grip and a hard rubber butt-plate, but was refinished by an armature. The right side of the pistol grip shows where something touched the stock while it was still wet. The forearm is a beautiful, slender splinter style. There is indication of earlier presence of a rear stock sight of some type, likely an adjustable vernier style target sight was mounted on the top rear of the stock and the long oval hole filled with some sort of filler. Although the wood was poorly re-varnished by a novice the wood is in great condition and could be sanded out to a beautiful satin finish. To find someone capable of doing this work from scratch today would be cost prohibitive and would likely take the patience of being on a waiting list for several years. Top estimated value of this rare Sharps is $7,000.00…$4,300.00.
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