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Hello,

I inherited this Boys Kentucky Rifle 1849. Its in very good condition and nicely mounted and framed. I am interested in placing value on it, even if its ballpark. I appreciate your time and thoughts on this!

Thank you, J

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It is impossible to give you a value based on the pics you have provided. The reason being that a boys (youth) rifle is determined with a ruler and micrometer.
If in fact you do have a youth rifle, then the value would be around $1,000+.
All the Youth rifles I have ever seen have had the maker's name stamped on the rifle. This is because they were individually made, and no source parts were avable , meaning every single part was hand made. Note, there are always exceptions.
These rifles were not cheap when made.
9 out of 10 youth rifles that are found today are fakes, so please take your rifle to an appraiser.

Now to add a bit more confusion on the subject is that a boys rifle is a relatively new term and not commonly used at the time the rifle was built. ( yes there were a few youth rifles built and most were rather fancy)
In the past there were two types of rifles. A child's rifle and a regular rifle.
I have documented a few so-called boy's rifles only to find out that the rifles were never made for a youth , but for grandma who was five foot nothing and couldn't hold a full-size rifle. That story keeps repeating itself over and over .
So please take your rifle to an appraiser.
 

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It is impossible to give you a value based on the pics you have provided. The reason being that a boys (youth) rifle is determined with a ruler and micrometer.
If in fact you do have a youth rifle, then the value would be around $1,000+.
All the Youth rifles I have ever seen have had the maker's name stamped on the rifle. This is because they were individually made, and no source parts were avable , meaning every single part was hand made. Note, there are always exceptions.
These rifles were not cheap when made.
9 out of 10 youth rifles that are found today are fakes, so please take your rifle to an appraiser.

Now to add a bit more confusion on the subject is that a boys rifle is a relatively new term and not commonly used at the time the rifle was built. ( yes there were a few youth rifles built and most were rather fancy)
In the past there were two types of rifles. A child's rifle and a regular rifle.
I have documented a few so-called boy's rifles only to find out that the rifles were never made for a youth , but for grandma who was five foot nothing and couldn't hold a full-size rifle. That story keeps repeating itself over and over .
So please take your rifle to an appraiser.
Fantastic, thank you so much for the comprehensive background on this rifle! I really appreciate your time. Do you have any recommended appraiser in the Los Angeles area?
 

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Sorry, LA is a little out of my territory. I live in Canada.
But there are some very good appraisers on the west cost.
 
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