I have finally acquired a .58 Schubarth. It is one of the more desirable American cartridges and seems to trade for insane prices. I do think the price they have previously gone for is a little out of line because there are more out there than I think a lot of people think there are. A couple people I talked to think there were around 7 or so known, but off the top of my head I came up with around a dozen that I know of. This makes me believe there are easily some I do not know of. Maybe there are a couple dozen that exist.
This particular example was once owned by Colonel Berkeley R. Lewis who acquired it from the Smithsonian.
The whole idea of the cartridge and rifle is based on a modification and improvement of Gallager & Gladding’s cartridge and rifle that was created a couple years prior. I have new pictures of the Gallager & Gladding cartridge that I will feature in my Journal column (which is currently detailing the relationship of pinfire cartridges and the United States) sometime in the next few months. Schubarth’s improvement was essentially to make it waterproof.
(ammocollectorME; I checked it off my list, now it’s your turn!)