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 presents greetings, Dumb question, Can anyone explain/ show me the difference between a sheard and german silver front sight for an 86 winchester. seems like the term is used interchangeably but I’m thinking there not the same. Sorry this may seem silly but trying to determine the sights on a couple 86’s i have   

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Not aware of any Sheard sights with a German Silver bead.  They were called “Gold” beads, which was a gold & copper alloy, according to the Sheard catalog.  Most bead sights were either ivory or brass.  (Except for the 18K gold bead I once had a jeweler make using my class ring for the gold; nothing I ever used reflected light better.)

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I’m a bit confused?  Sheard made front sights and Marbles made a Sheard front sight.  Is this similar to what you are talking about?

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I’m a bit confused?  Sheard made front sights and Marbles made a Sheard front sight. 
  

Marble’s bought the rights to Sheard’s patent & sights–which was only a small part of Sheard’s overall business.

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To all, sorry for any confusion I may have caused, it is clear to me that a sheard sight is a bead and not a blade. Was trying to develop a better understanding of 1886 sights. Some of my guns where sold as having a sheard front sight. But clearly they were incorrect.  wish more purveyors of these fine guns came here first. 

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Marble’s bought the rights to Sheard’s patent & sights–which was only a small part of Sheard’s overall business.  

What else did Sheard make?

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 presents greetings, Dumb question, Can anyone explain/ show me the difference between a sheard and german silver front sight for an 86 winchester. seems like the term is used interchangeably but I’m thinking there not the same. Sorry this may seem silly but trying to determine the sights on a couple 86’s i have     

You really need to post some pictures and someone can tell you what you have.

Here is a picture of the two 86’s I have but it doesn’t show the ivory beads very well.

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Here is a picture of the two 86’s I have but it doesn’t show the ivory beads very well. 

Ivory on the #4 appears just about gone.

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What else did Sheard make?  

Nothing that I’m aware of, but he was one of the largest general gun dealers in the NW, & a major fur dealer when furs were a big & profitable business; which is why selling out to Marble’s did him no harm. 

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Chuck said
Here is a picture of the two 86’s I have but it doesn’t show the ivory beads very well. 

Ivory on the #4 appears just about gone.  

I need to take a better picture.  It is not that bad.

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Tom Harty said
 presents greetings, Dumb question, Can anyone explain/ show me the difference between a sheard and german silver front sight for an 86 winchester. seems like the term is used interchangeably but I’m thinking there not the same. Sorry this may seem silly but trying to determine the sights on a couple 86’s i have     

Sorry for not responding as work gets it my way. The sights in question are blades, no beads on them, and appear to be German silver. Would love to post pictures but not sure  how and according to this forum im still only a guest. So guess I cant do that with out some 3rd party thing a majig I know nothing about. sorry to rant but it shouldn’t be this hard.

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Tom Harty said

 Would love to post pictures but not sure  how and according to this forum im still only a guest. So guess I cant do that with out some 3rd party thing a majig I know nothing about. sorry to rant but it shouldn’t be this hard.  

Many before you have said the same thing.

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Tom Harty said

Sorry for not responding as work gets it my way. The sights in question are blades, no beads on them, and appear to be German silver. Would love to post pictures but not sure  how and according to this forum im still only a guest. So guess I cant do that with out some 3rd party thing a majig I know nothing about. sorry to rant but it shouldn’t be this hard.  

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Do you have a WACA member ID number ?  If so, please let me know what it is so that I can fix your membership status.

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To Bert H. I am sorry for this but where might I find my WACA member number?

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clarence said

Many before you have said the same thing.  

I am hoping that once I get this membership thing fixed it will be as easy as gun values board to post pictures. 

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To Bert H. I am sorry for this but where might I find my WACA member number?  

In your membership package, you should find a membership card with a 5-digit number on it.

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