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Old September 6, 2012, 02:22 AM   #1
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An antique "HandMade/HomeMade" gun?

Came across a shotgun tonight that I'm itching to buy. Antique shotgun with a blonde stock. Seller says its a hunting gun from the late 1700 or 1800s (I forget exactly which. I'll have all the information about said gun soon. Now, it is handmade/homemade. No manufacturers mark except for some marks in the stock. How would I go about finding a value on a firearm like this? This is one of those guns that I would love to keep for myself, but am anxious to find the value on.
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Old September 6, 2012, 07:46 AM   #2
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It's exact value is whatever somebody will actually pay, and not a penny more.

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Old September 6, 2012, 08:01 AM   #3
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IMHO, the only real value would be in the history of the gun. Without that, it's a mystery wall hanger. Should be easy to tell if it's late 1700's or late 1800's. If it's flintlock, it's probably the former but without the history, that's just a guess. Most likely it's a parts gun. Post some pictures when you can.
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Old September 6, 2012, 08:41 AM   #4
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It's exact value is whatever somebody will actually pay, and not a penny more.
Doesn't that go without saying? Is that not true for every single anything that has any monetary value?

Nothing personal petah, as everyone says it but I never understood why people say it. Whether you ask $700 for a $500 gun and hope to find the one guy who doesn't know prices who will buy, or whether you ask $250 for a $500 gun which many will people buy, the item is always worth what someone is willing to pay. Its a circular statement of sorts.

To me its akin to saying "you might have trouble shooting an unloaded firearm" - something thats true on the suface, but also doesn't help anyone with anything. The statement is considered insightful, but its not, IMO.
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Old September 6, 2012, 09:11 AM   #5
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Calling it a "hunting gun" only means the seller doesn't know what it is.
A picture and more info would be helpful.
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Old September 6, 2012, 02:42 PM   #6
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It is probably not "home made" if by that is meant made by someone in his own home for his own use. It probably was made, or partially made, by a gunsmith who made his living making guns. Depending on the era, it could have been mostly made by that smith or merely fitted and assembled from factory made parts in the same way custom gun makers do today.

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Old September 6, 2012, 05:19 PM   #7
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And with out pictures, it may turn out to be a fence post.
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Old September 6, 2012, 05:46 PM   #8
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Doesn't that go without saying? Is that not true for every single anything that has any monetary value?

Nothing personal petah, as everyone says it but I never understood why people say it. Whether you ask $700 for a $500 gun and hope to find the one guy who doesn't know prices who will buy, or whether you ask $250 for a $500 gun which many will people buy, the item is always worth what someone is willing to pay. Its a circular statement of sorts.

To me its akin to saying "you might have trouble shooting an unloaded firearm" - something thats true on the suface, but also doesn't help anyone with anything. The statement is considered insightful, but its not, IMO.
YMMV, I guess - IMO, it was a polite way to avoid putting a low/insulting value on an undetermined "something", vaguely described for a value.

Of course, my opinion's also worth exactly what's paid for it. .



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Old September 6, 2012, 07:36 PM   #9
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I threw away an old gun the other day, what a fake! Everyone with any gun smarts knows Colt is in Hartford, CT, not Paterson, NJ. Geeze, the junk some people have laying around that they think is valuable.

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Old September 7, 2012, 10:35 AM   #10
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I threw away an old gun the other day, what a fake! Everyone with any gun smarts knows Colt is in Hartford, CT, not Paterson, NJ. Geeze, the junk some people have laying around that they think is valuable.
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Old September 7, 2012, 01:30 PM   #11
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Flintlock or percussion . . . or converted to percussion from flint?

Single barrel or double barrel . . octagon or round or octagon to round?

Wood that stock is made from . . . walnut, cherry, maple or what?

Actually a smoothbore or a rifle?

Type of furniture . . . i.e. brass or steel?

Fullstock or halfstock?

Original or repairs . . . cleaned or in original state?

Before shelling out $$$ on any antique weapon you need to educate yourself on these types of things . . . . I'm not being critical in that remark, I'm being realistic. It can save you from making some very serious mistakes and overpaying for something that is not worth a whole lot. From your description and what the seller says, it doesn't appear as if he is very knowledgeable about it either. What is believed to be an "antique" could end up being nothing more than a cobbled up gun made out of old parts that are "married" or a reproduction that has been "aged" and represented to be an "original antique".
Oftentimes, someone will find an old gun and try to make it look nice by "cleaning it up". In essence, they are ruining the value in removing the old patina and many times, removing markings by getting carried away with emery cloth. All of these things will affect the value.

If you can post some photos, it will make it easier to determine just what it is. No photos . . . it's anyone's guess.
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Old September 7, 2012, 02:17 PM   #12
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Old September 8, 2012, 11:15 AM   #13
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I really hope you are kidding, the first Colt Manufacturing facility was in Patterson NJ. Throwing one of those guns away would be like throwing away a Winning Lottery Ticket.:
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I really hope you are kidding, the first Colt Manufacturing facility was in Patterson NJ. Throwing one of those guns away would be like throwing away a Winning Lottery Ticket.
One thing you learn after reading a lot of James K's posts: Don't put anything past him!

I'm in the process of going through his garbage now.
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Old September 8, 2012, 07:20 PM   #15
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Yep, I was kidding. BTW, Paterson, NJ, is spelled with one "t".

There was a cartoon in one of the collector magazines years ago showing a man looking at a revolver at a gun show table. "Of course it's genuine," the dealer is saying, pointing at the gun. "Right here on the barrel it says, 'Patent Arms M'g Co. Paterson, N.J. 07501'."

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Old September 9, 2012, 09:56 AM   #16
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James K - that was funny.
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Old September 9, 2012, 10:07 AM   #17
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Friend owns a bar,that over the downstairs bar there hung an old percussion rifle.Swore it was a genuine Kentucky and he was going to retire on the proceeds of it's sale.After hearing this several times i jumped up and took it down.After a glance i put it back in place and told my friend don't quit his day job.Real 1840's Kentucky's weren't marked Spain-Jukar and I'd give him $50 for it.
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Old September 26, 2012, 12:04 AM   #18
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Old September 26, 2012, 08:56 AM   #19
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Buck your pic ain't working.
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Old September 26, 2012, 11:05 AM   #20
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I doubt even a genuine "Kentucky" would bring anywhere near enough to retire. Most run around $5000 even in very good condition. Not pocket change, but not retirement money, either.

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Old September 26, 2012, 12:57 PM   #21
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History has value.

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