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    Crow Indian Scout's Sharps Carbine, Purchased by the Indian Bureau for Crow Agency, 1875. Serial no. removed, .52 caliber, 22-inch barrel. Originally blued finish with casehardened receiver, lever, buttplate, barrel band, and hammer, but currently heavily pitted. Original walnut, oil finished stocks, but heavily damaged. This particular model made without patchbox although buttplate has the cut out. According to Flayderman's Guide, about 40,000 were manufactured in this type c. 1859 to 1866. Right side of receiver reads part of the "R.S. LAWRENCE PAT / APRIL 12th" [what we can read, heavy pitting involved]. Also slightly below that it is marked "C. SHARPS PAT / OCT. 5TH 1852" [almost complete, due to heavy pitting as well]. The left side of receiver should have the typical 1848 Sharps Patent lines but it is completely gone due to heavy pitting. No inspectors cartouche marks present due to the state of the wood.

    For those who remember him, this gun was originally acquired from a family at Crow Agency by the late Don Rickey, NPS historian and author of Forty Miles a Day on Beans and Hay. In the National Archives, Rickey found the Indian Bureau's 1875 purchase contract between the Crow Agent, Dexter Clapp, and dealer Walter Cooper of Bozeman, Montana Territory.

    Condition: Poor as configured. Gun is borderline in a relic state. Heavy pitting and heavy wear to metal and wood features throughout. Marred screws, missing screws, loses and cracks to wood. Action functions but needs work. Bore dark and pitted.
    From the Glenwood Swanson Collection.


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