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CONFEDERATE SHARPS CARBINE
S. C. ROBINSON
RICHMOND, VA.
1862
SERIAL NUMBER 498

This is a solid, strong, very good condition S. C. Robinson Confederate Sharps Cavalry Carbine.  S. C. Robinson set up a manufactory to copy the Sharps Carbine in Richmond, Virginia.  They produced approximately 1900 examples before the Confederate Central Government bought their factory.  This one is serial number 498 and has al the early features of a classic S. C. Robinson Sharps Carbine.  It has matching serial numbers found on the frame, lock, barrel, carbine bar, etc.  It has the original Confederate breech block (many of these have been replaced with Sharps marked parts).  The true Confederate breech block has a small two or three digit assembly number stamped on the bottom of the breech block and the bottom of the faceplate.  This one is marked 479.  S. C. Robinson did not have the machine tools to mortise the stock and forearm, which Sharps had.  They accomplished their mortising by using wood drills to remove the majority of the wood and then chiseled the rest by hand.  You will note in the pictures above, the slot which receives the carbine bar and its distinctive drill marks.  All the mortising in the wood on these guns was accomplished by a combination of wood drills and hand chiseling.  This gun has superb markings on the lock plate and on top of the barrel before and after the rear sight.  The gun is solid and strong and has a really good action.  The rifling in the bore is strong with moderate pitting.  SOLD!!