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Posted: 11/26/2003 8:09:11 AM EDT
This is from a gun collection, part of an estate with which I am helping a friend. Basically, I am trying to establish a fair market value for each item. That whole story is in another thread, if you are interested:

www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=216974&w=myTopicPop

This firearm is decribed by the owner's family as:



Musket, Circa 1860 in Poor Condition, No Serial #



I am at a total loss on this piece. It is missing several pieces, including the trigger guard & half of the trigger. The buttplate is bent upward slightly where it extends along the top of the buttstock (what looks in the picture below like a crack in the stock). I figure this will only be good for a wall-hanger/decoration, or for parts - I'm not sure it is restorable. But I don't know anything about these (I don't even know if "musket" is the correct term), so that may not be the case. I would appreciate any advice on how to evaluate/price this firearm fairly. I would prefer to avoid the hassle and expense of having any of these firearms professionally appraised, but I would like to be in the right ballpark when I establish the values.

As it is, I am thinking $100 for this as is, for parts or decorative purposes - does that seem fair?

Link Posted: 11/26/2003 3:20:57 PM EDT
From the photo it's not military issue. Military muskets, and rifled muskets were almost all "full stocked" to just behind the muzzle, this appears to have a "half stock" or sporting stock.

Get what you can for it if you're selling. I'd not buy it based on this description.

-- Chuck
Link Posted: 11/26/2003 10:30:24 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/26/2003 10:30:47 PM EDT by RichinCM]
It looks like it might be a P53 Enfield that has had the stock modified for "sporter" use. Can you post a closeup of the lockplate (plate the hammer is mounted on)? It may have some decent value if the components can be verified as authentic. There shoudl be manufacturer's and inspector's proof marks on the major parts.
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