Well, at the place I work, I am the firearms expert. Problem is, I don't know nothin' :-)
One of the guys wanted me to tell him about his rifle here, and I don't know the first thing about it. But, I told him I knew a great bunch of people who sure would!
It's a front stuffer, beautifully engraved on the lockwork. It appears to be a flintlock of some sort. The bore is rifled, and measures just shy of .75 inches. On the top of the barrel, I can make out (I think): John Blissett, 21 High Holborn, London. The side says J. Blissett. It also is equipped with three folding blade rear sights, presumably for different distances.
It has pretty nice wood, and what looks like some sort of takedown brass apparatus on the side of the rifle. The fellow who owns it seems to think it is an old elephant gun. It looks to be pretty nice; judging by the lack of glass yet it being rifled, I was thinking something like 1880-1910? Is that a close stab?
This fella was wondering if it could be a shooter, or if he would wreck its value (at some point it was appraised at $1500, but the guy who appraised it couldn't give him any info on the rifle. Wonder how he got his figure...).
How do I check it over for him, and what does he need to buy to shoot this thing, if that is possible? What caliber is it?
Any help much appreciated. I think I am attaching a photo I snapped of it.