Re: help me identify and value this rifle
It's the remains of a fair quality American percussion rifle of ca 1840-60 period. Close exam on the lock plate or the barrel might find a name making more info possible. The horrendous break in the stock reduces its appeal except maybe a person looking for a restoration project or to wreck it for its parts. A gun in its condition without the stock break (sound but with many small defects) would be worth $250-400. As it is $100.
Breakage thru the breech area was the common fate of many old guns. Its construction with much wood removed to accommodate the lock mechanism, much of the stock strength was lost. With modern modern materials such as epoxy and fiber glass a restoration repair is possible but its cost would outweigh it value many times. That said, to me as a DIY restorer project this gun does have appeal as a challenge.
Last edited by rhmc24; 08-19-2012 at 09:48 AM..