Antique Muzzloader Rifle

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by Leeronpoodles, Oct 20, 2010.

  1. Leeronpoodles

    Leeronpoodles New Member

    Oct 19, 2010
    I have had this rifle for many years but have never done anything with it but hang it on the wall. I would like to find out more about it and possibly get an idea of price for insurance purposes. I am including several pictures of details on the stock. the right side has a medalion nailed on it, the left side has an inset mother of pearl arrowhead. A short distance from the arrowhead is some sort of marking that appears to have been burned into the wood unlike the backward R which was scratched in above the arrowhead. I am including a close up shot of that,
    Under the buttplate is the roman numerals for 25 imprinted into the wood but not apparently burned in.
    There is nothing I can see that indicates a maker or year.

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  2. 45Auto

    45Auto Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2008
    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: Oct 21, 2010

  3. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    It is just one of the many millions of Civil War era muskets cut down for use as shotguns. They are interesting in that, as someone once noted, "Maybe the Winchester rifle won the West, but the old shotgun fed the pioneers while they were winning it."

    Alas, that doesn't translate into money or collector interest in those old shotguns.

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