Re: Antique Muzzloader Rifle
It looks like you have a Prussian M1809 musket, commonly called the Potsdam musket (because so many of them were made in that city). Originaly a flintlock, the Prussians converted them to caplock in the 1840's to1850's era. Some of these arms were purchased in the early years of the American Civil War by the US Govt., but they were not well liked and soon replaced by American made muskets. The last I checked, a realy nice, un-cut, Potsdam with all original parts was in the $600 to $700 range. BUT that's not what you have.
Unfortunately, someone cut your Potsdam stock down and added some little trinkets to the stock which also cut the value way down. There is not much collector interest in cut down Potsdam muskets, unless someone wants the parts. I would estimate it's wall hanger value at no more than $200.00.
Last edited by 45Auto; 10-21-2010 at 01:36 PM..