Winston Churchill-Engraved, Sharps-Borchardt Model 1878 Mid-Range Rifle    .40-.50 Sharps Straight


32" tapered round barrel, gold-banded at muzzle and breech, with front sight

dovetail, Old Reliable inlaid in gold, and Lawrence tangent elevator rear

sight. Highly figured American walnut stocks with schnabel forend tip,

classic point-pattern checkering, S-curved pistol grip, classic comb,

engraved gold initial oval, and bright-finished crescent steel buttplate.

Sharps 1878 hammerless falling block action with factory engraved hard

rubber sidepanel inserts, trigger-lock safety, and mid-range vernier tang

sight. Extensively engraved by Winston Churchill with fine acanthus scroll

covering the action, extending four inches onto the barrel from the breech

and two inches from the muzzle. Game scene of three Rocky Mountain

sheep on left, the central one in three-dimensional gold and a golden buck

on right. Signed W. CHURCHILL ENGR. atop breech. Excellent bore. With

appraisal by J R LaRue and collection of artisanal-made loading tools.  $36,750.



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