Iver Johnson .410 Skeeter questions

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by pavedave80, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. pavedave80

    pavedave80 New Member

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    Hi all,
    I have inherited an Iver Johnson Skeeter in .410. Took it to my local Cxxxxx store to have it assessed. I was disappointed in the valuation. The guy said that the finish was the problem. I don't know if the stock was shortened, but there is damage to the finish between the Hawkins butt pad, and the wood stock.
    Is the Hawkins butt pad original, or aftermarket?

    I know all values are subjective with some collectors preferring a "patina", while others prefer a "new" finish.

    What can be done to increase the value of this shotgun? And where can I search to find authentic finishes.

    Thanks,
    Dave
  2. hrf

    hrf Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forum Dave.

    The Hawkins butt pad would not be original. Bill Goforth's book lists the "Jostam Anti-Flinch" pad as an extra cost Skeeter option, but I'm surprised one was added to a 410 unless to lengthen the stock. He lists 14-1/2" as stock length.

    There's probably not much you can do to increase value, as any refinishing usually lowers it.
  3. doubleslover

    doubleslover Member

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    The more you tamper with it, the less it will be worth. I would leave it unless the stock is really damaged. If it is just that the original finish has wear, leave it. Can you post a pic?
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