I bought a Traditions (Pietta) 1860 a while back with their "antique" finish. It was in their bargains area and as I recall was less than $300.00. Each to his or her own but IMHO it is the nicest looking 1860 I have. Since most of my guns are safe queens looks are job one.
"Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading" - Thomas Jefferson