This is an amazing find from the Royal Armoury in Kathmandu! These totally unmarked Sharps Model 1853 Slant Breach Type Military Rifles appear to be in .52 calibre with 40" barrels. They are approximately 56" overall. Featuring the classic Sharps lines, but not made by Sharps. The British did buy some 5000 Sharps but the British never made them...so where were they made?
We would love to think that these were Confederate, but with no markings that is extremely doubtful. But, American participation in their manufacture cannot be entirely ruled out. Having lain undisturbed for well over a century, their true origin can only be speculation. This has been addressed in the book "Guns of the Gurkhas"
by John Walter. These guns are an extremely rare antique variant of an American classic, available to collectors as a full length military rifle. There is a $10.00 additional shipping & handling charge with item, cannot be shipped USPS. Note:
These guns were manufactured before 1898 and are therefore legally considered antiques. It is totally legal to own these without a U.S. Federal Firearms License (FFL) and they can be shipped to most countries around the world.