Re: Newbie w/Lefever 410 value question
Lefever Arms Co. was founded in Syracuse, NY in 1884 by Dan Lefever. When Dan was forced out of his own company in 1901 he founded DM Lefever Sons & Co., which later folded after Dan died in 1906. The original Lefever Arms was purchased by Ithaca Gun Company in 1916, and they continued to manufacture high quality guns with sideplates. Around 1921, however, the company also began producing economy, box-lock shotguns, of which I believe yours is one (perhaps a Nitro Special).
Nevertheless, if your gun were in excellent condition it might bring as much as $1,200.00 given that it is 410 bore. Unfortunately, the recoil pad, cracked stock and unprofessional refinishing destroys collector value. As a shooter, it may bring $300 or $400 depending upon the buyer's concerns about the stock.
I suggest that you have the chambering measured by a gunsmith so as to determine what shot shell length is proper for that gun. This will be a question most buyers will have.
NOTE: The information herein is provided free of charge. In some instances, you may actually be getting your money's worth.
Author of: The History and Guns of Simson & Co., Suhl
Last edited by Contenderizer; 01-02-2010 at 03:43 PM..