Re: Value of L C Smith Shotgun
Maybe the jeweler did the engraving?
It does sound like you have a little gem there. Small guage SXS are really hot right now. You could probably up the ante from $1200.00, but I don't know how much.
Always remember there is asking price, and selling price. I'm not trying to beat you up, only being realistic.
A nugget of truth I can pass along is factory original. This holds true with Parker, Ansley Fox, L. C. Smith, Winchester, Savage, etc. If you look around, there are not many of these guns around. There was a period of time when guns of this type were considered junk, because you could buy a new Rem. 870, Mossberg 500, Savage 67, etc. for really cheap, and these guns held more shells, and swung better because of the single sight plane.
You could also equip these guns with a poly-choke or Cutts Compensator.
Now history has come full circle. The cheap pump guns are now being seen for what they are, and the guns that a REAL craftsman fussed over are being held in the light for what value they really have. Now look at how many of these guns have survived without being refinished, had a recoil pad put on, cut off to make a stagecoach gun, or been butchered in any other way. The guns that are factory original are RARE.
I wouldn't wangle a trade with your little girl, I would give her the gun for safekeeping. Tell her to use it, and try to wear it out. These guns will delight her, and her childrens children.
Considering the long and short of it, people who understand the value of these guns are really only keeping them for the next generation, we really don't own them.