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Object Name Rifle
Object Number 1934.650.1
Collection Webb Cook Hayes/Crook
Description Sharps 45 caliber rifle; "Old Reliable", in script, appears on top of barrel; "Sharps Rifle Co., Bridgeport Conn." stamped on top of barrel; "Freund & Pat. 1880", in script, on sight; stamped on top of barrel "F. W. FREUND PATENTED AUG 1st 1876 JAN 2nd 1877" and "CAL. 45"; stamped on left lock plate "F. W. FREUND PATENTED" ; serial no. "159139" stamped on top; engraved in script on left side of lockplate "G.C." and on right lockplate is a picture of an elk; octagonal barrel check scored on top from muzzle to rear sight; plain wood, probably walnut, stock; pistol grip; hammer has an added extension to fit in slot and is lightly engraved; has a dovetail front sight and "More Light" rear sight; has a shotgun type buttplate; one shot; 2 screws on forearm.
Date 1874
Year Range from 1874.0
Dimensions W-5 L-46.6 Dia-1 inches
Dimension Details above measurements are overall; the width is for stock;
barrel: 74.2 cm long x 1.5 cm inside diam.
Material wood; metal
Made Sharps Rifle Company
Provenance General George Crook's favorite hunting rifle which he left Webb C. Hayes upon Crook's death in 1890.

People Crook, General George
Search Terms George Crook
Old Reliable
F. W. Freund
Sharps Rifle Co.
serial #159139
Manuscript Information George Crook Papers