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Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by surjimmy, May 13, 2016.

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  1. surjimmy

    surjimmy Member

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    I am selling a 85yr old Vets collection. I am having a ball researching, but am kinda in over my head. First of all, none of these are replica's. Most are in unbelievable Original condition. I will try to post pictures later today, here's a list.
    Westley Richards SxS 450 nitro
    " " SxS 12ga w/hammers
    PISTOLS:
    Freeman
    Forehand & Wadsworth....SORRY IT's NOT A BP
    Starr
    Remington 44 Army, Nickle.....Not A BP.
    One I can't tell, it's been around the block. It is marked 456 infront of cylinder, on cylinder, and under the cylinder above trigger. On the right side if pointing, infront of cylinder 1864
    GA
    Any information would be helpful, Thank You.
     
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  2. Kaeto

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    The Forehand & Wadsworths are not high value guns.
     
  3. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

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    If you are near a National Battlefield Park, you might ask to do research in their library. The Starr revovler is a Civil War era firearm and could fetch some money.

    You can always take it down to Bonhams or some other auction house for an appraisal.
     
  4. Ephraim Kibbey

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    If you are not near an auction house to get a free estimate, you can use GunBroker's "Advanced Search" to find out what people are paying for similar items. Make sure that you click the "Completed Items" tab at the top to get what folks are actually paying since some sellers ask crazy amounts for their stuff.
     
  5. Jim Watson

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    If you posted close clear pictures, we would love to discuss them.
    Might even have some facts.

    A Westley Richards double express rifle is a real prize.
    Gotta be careful of a WR marked shotgun, there were a lot of fakes.
    Had not heard of a Freeman revolver, looked it up, it is a handsome piece.
    F&W pocket revolvers aren't much, but their big Army models are scarce and valuable.
    Starrs are neat.
    A factory nickel Remington would be desirable. Bubba's Bumper Chrome, not so much.

    Mystery guns are interesting to research, show pictures.
     
  6. surjimmy

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    I will post some pictures as soon as I can. The FW is the big Army model, the Remington is Factory, the 12ga WR is real. This guys collection is unbelievable. I have a Colt Lighting, a Spencer Rifle, a 1866 made in 1871 Winchester Yellowboy w/cleaning gear. He still has a 4 digit serial Colt Army in over 95%. He has all documentation on it. I's been a ball researching all this stuff.
     
  7. Jim Watson

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    That sounds like national auction house level stuff.
    First place I found a picture of a Freeman was at Julia's.

    Note to collectors: A guy here was a specialty collector, author of monographs in his field. He kept an up to date inventory with everything valued AND the names of collectors interested in specific guns who would pay his book value.
    When he expired, his widow just started calling the numbers in that inventory and liquidated his collection for full value and no fuss.
     
  8. BHP FAN

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    If my future widow ever finds out what my guns are really worth, she'll KILL me!
     
  9. surjimmy

    surjimmy Member

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    I'm afraid if mine knew, she would kill me also. Not for your reasons, she would do it to get the money.lol
     
  10. slumlord44

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    I have a local FFL that I am having come over to look at my collection with the intent of having him sell it all on Gunbroker after I'm gone. Health is fine. Just routine estate planning. Made it clear to him not to mention what its all worth. Rather it be a pleasant surprise after I'm gone. Want her to meet the guy so she is comfortable with him and is in the loop as to how to dispose of it all.
     
  11. whughett

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    Now that's estate planning, ranks up there with having pre-paid plot and lot. I have three sons the contents of the gun safe belongs to them after. In fact I've reached an age where some things being gifted on birthdays and Christmas.;)
     
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