1859 "Buffalo Sharps" of Newton Owen
Forty caliber buffalo Sharps rifle of Newton Owen.
According to the July 14, 1935 newspaper article in the accession folder, this buffalo gun is "most interesting and valuable of the group is a Sharps buffalo gun made in 1859. Only a few of those guns remain in existence, reminders of a time when the shooting of buffalo in the western plains was often a necessity to make way for the advancing caravans. That gun was bought by Mr. Owen because he needed it, not because it was an interesting example of a period in gun making. When he crossed the plains in 1867 to get to Central City from New York the west was wild and uncharted."