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American Masterpiece - Sharps Gemmer

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Semmerling, Aug 3, 2008.

  1. Semmerling

    Semmerling Well-Known Member

  2. gizamo

    gizamo Well-Known Member


    That is unbelieveable quality....
    You read the arguments back and forth about C.Sharps, Shiloh, and other makers and the higher end Pedersoli's being their equal...

    While true of the basic models, I doubt you would ever see anything of such intricate high quality coming out of Italy....don't get me wrong as my 1874 is a Pedersoli.

    That gun will be an extrodanairy piece of art, when done...

  3. alemonkey

    alemonkey Well-Known Member

    Yeah, my Pedersoli is the nicest gun I own, but right about now I feel completely inadequate. :)
  4. DavidVanVorous

    DavidVanVorous Active Member

    The gent that selected a Gemmer Sharps made an excellent choice to build.

    For those not aware, Gemmer was the gent that worked in and bought the Hawken Shop from Sam Hawken before Sam died. Some of Gemmers later work were along the same lines being done, i.e. taking a cartridge action and building it to Hawken geometry and quality of workmanship. I've run across both a Sharps and a Spencer done by Gemmer back in the day in various books on the subject of Hawken rifles.... ;)

    Either way the one being talked about at the Shiloh site is something to behold if only from the pics posted so far. The inlays and the patch box reminded me of the Modena Hawken in the Denver museum...

  5. Pops

    Pops Well-Known Member

    That is THE most beautiful rifle I have ever seen.....:what:

    ( and..I've seen a few rifles in the last 50 years ! )
  6. English Bob

    English Bob Well-Known Member

    Nah....Pedersoli make shootable rifles, but they are just not in the same league as S. Sharps IMHO.

    That's a loverly looking rifle.
  7. Fisherman_48768

    Fisherman_48768 Well-Known Member

    The Gemmer Sharps doesn't in any way resemble the Modena Hawken I hate to tell ya.
    Here is a modena [​IMG][​IMG]

    I agree the Gemmer Sharps is one fine piece of work.
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2008
  8. Beagle-zebub

    Beagle-zebub Well-Known Member

    Daggum, Semmerling, that thurr is a purty shootin' iron.
  9. DavidVanVorous

    DavidVanVorous Active Member

    Want necessarily thinking that the Modena and the Sharps were duplicates, just that they both have a fair number of inletted pieces for what essentially is/was a "work gun".

    Are the pics posted the Ed White copy of the Modena?

    Wasn't the Modena also made in the Denver Hawken Shop before Sam closed it?

    On edit: Found the answer to my Q, it was originally built in St. Louis around 1833 but later rebarrelled and refitted in Denver.

    Last edited: Aug 6, 2008
  10. Fisherman_48768

    Fisherman_48768 Well-Known Member

    David VanVorous asked:
    No David, this is a rifle I built from a walnut tree I cut down years ago. There is an interesting history that goes with the Modena rifle and it's owners over the years.
  11. DavidVanVorous

    DavidVanVorous Active Member

    Really. Iffen ye got the time to type, Ive got the interest in reading more. Im always up for Hawken lore... :D

  12. Semmerling

    Semmerling Well-Known Member

  13. scrat

    scrat Well-Known Member

    Wow that is one fabulous gun. Id love to have a sharps
  14. alemonkey

    alemonkey Well-Known Member

    Do it, you friends will think you're cool.

    Who says peer pressure is bad? :)
  15. scrat

    scrat Well-Known Member


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