Re: help with drilling indentification
I guess I would like to clarify my previous post.
When I said "collector interest" I was refering to interest akin to Colts, Winchesters, Mannlicher Schoenauers, Sedgley, etc. These are companies that have had quite a bit of research done on different models, and periods of manufacture are clearly identified.
In the case of pre-war drillings, there were quite a few small obscure makers that seem to have little or no documentation for them.
As far as collectability, yes, they are SOOOOOO cool, but collector interest has not driven the price to any where near what they are worth.
For instance, for less than $10,000, you can purchase an imaculate drilling, sidelock, pop-up rear sight, horn trigger guard, grip cap, and buttplate, relief engraving, side clips, etc. etc. etc. There is no way you will approach a "famous maker" gun with that many features for even double the price.
You also have to remember this is a 3 barrel gun, and as such, when the barrels were soldered together, they were regulated to shoot to the same point of impact. "Famous maker" guns are not as difficult to produce.
Liktoshoot hit the nail on the head, "at least not for cheap". Today, you can buy a drilling for less than $5,000 (boxlock), that a guy could look at for hours wondering how it was done with pre-war technology.