Picked this Sharps up at the local gun show. Bought it as a shooter/hunter. Looks well made, good stock to metal fit, American walnut stock, and has one of the brass scopes mounted on it. Question is, I've never heard of the company that made it. Not sure of it's age, whether it's just another Italian replica, or was it made here in the U.S.? Can't find any information about this company on a web search. The guy who sold it to me said he's had it for 27 years.
The barrel says "U.S. Sharps' Rifle Company, Meriden Conn." The receiver side (left) says " C. Sharps' Pat. Sept. 12th, 1848", the right side says " C. Sharps' Pat. Oct. 5th, 1852". Those are the only markings I can find.
Anyone have one, or know anything about these?
Thanks for the help!