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    Need help with trade

    I have a pre Civil War musket rifle that I received after my father-in-law passed a few years back. Neither of his 2 daughters wanted it or even knew he had it. Here is the problem. I'm not a gun person and this is a near museum quality piece. It should be owned and shown by a Civil War or antiques weapons person. I would like to trade it for an antique BMW or other brand bike. I will pay a $100 finders fee if someone will help me find a trade. The Antique Gun Guru at the Antiques Roadshow said this was the nicest example of a Model 1855 Springfield that he had ever seen. This gun was manufactured in 1858. If anyone is interested, I can email many photos. Thanks everyone.

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    angysdad
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    I don't know much about firearms, but curiousity lead me to google...
    I found this.

    http://www.icollector.com/Excellent-...yonet_i9386686

    regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeb921 View Post
    I have a pre Civil War musket rifle that I received after my father-in-law passed a few years back. Neither of his 2 daughters wanted it or even knew he had it. Here is the problem. I'm not a gun person and this is a near museum quality piece. It should be owned and shown by a Civil War or antiques weapons person. I would like to trade it for an antique BMW or other brand bike. I will pay a $100 finders fee if someone will help me find a trade. The Antique Gun Guru at the Antiques Roadshow said this was the nicest example of a Model 1855 Springfield that he had ever seen. This gun was manufactured in 1858. If anyone is interested, I can email many photos. Thanks everyone.

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    Mike,

    Just call the Guru from the Antiques Road show, they are dealers and can help you with the sale. However, I would really like to know how the polished finish was maintained for 140 years and/or the antique value wasn't severely degraded by recent polishing.

    Based solely on the polished appearance, I would have assumed that this piece wasn't original. But, I'm no expert.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    Mike,

    Just call the Guru from the Antiques Road show, they are dealers and can help you with the sale. However, I would really like to know how the polished finish was maintained for 140 years and/or the antique value wasn't severely degraded by recent polishing.

    Based solely on the polished appearance, I would have assumed that this piece wasn't original. But, I'm no expert.
    Indeed, clean is always good, but refinished is always bad, for real collectors.

    Something to beware of is people who say they are appraisers, but really just want to buy it for a song. Take it to a couple antique gun dealers, in person, and with no real intent of selling, and absorb their comments, especially about originality of finish and the various pieces. Pay particular attention to any military unit marks, or inspector cartouches or stamps. Where it served or who had a hand in the manufacture of it can make a huge difference in value, besides condition.

    Based on what you discover, a common theme may have some merit. Your best bet for max$ may well be thru a big auction house specializing in antique militaria.

    Since it is pre1898 antique, you do not have to worry about federal restrictions taking it to show or sell across state lines. Airline restrictions etc however, would apply.

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