Posted: 4/23/2001 8:05:53 AM EDT
I am looking at buying a particular wall hanger, that the seller says is a circa 1850 Kentucky rifle converted from flint to percussion.
As I am a rookie when it comes to old collectible muzzleloaders, can anyone give me a heads up of what to look for???
It DOES NOT have a patchbox, wood is in "good" condition, with a little pitting around the breech. otherwise in good shape. Seller is asking $450.
I'm long-time NMLRA . . .maybe I can help....
If it's been converted, it doesn't have a lot of collector value. It's hard (as with any rifle) to put a value on in sight-unseen, or without more data. Offhand, it sounds a little high if all you want is a wall hanger. If you want, I can point you toward resources that could tell you more....let me know. And btw...drop a ramrod down the bore before you start fussing with it...some of those old ones were left loaded, and they'll go off after 50 years.
I'd DEFINITELY be interested in any resources you might be able to hook me up with. Thanks.
Anything else out there is a thousand dollars. Which is a little pricey, to me.
My understanding is that lots of them were converted. The lock is engraved "Henry Parker Warranted" which by my limited search, was a common lock maker of the day.
E-mail me, so we can discuss further.