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Hi - longtime gun enthusiast but new to the forum. I came across this yesterday in a local shop and am curious if anyone can help me ID it? Looking for any info that will help me determine value so I can decide whether or not to add to my collection. Not even sure if it's an authentic piece or just decorative? There are a couple small marks on the top of the barrel but I have no idea if they can be used to identify it. I appreciate any help you can give. - RM



 

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Apparently made without trigger guard & ramrod it looks like a high quality mid-East piece from the detail decor and the ivory ball butt - if real ivory, encourages belief it being made for a local potenate. Lock looks European ca. 1800. All subject to confirmation with a lot better more pix. I would like to have it in my collection.
 

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Middle East, East Med area guns are in a kind of limbo with low collector inerest keeping prices down, all complicated by lack of knowledge and suspicion of their being tourist collectible repros. All that considered, yours looks like something of a rarity that I would pay $500 or more for depending on a hands-on exam, especially more if the ball butt is original ivory -- not that ivory adds a lot to its value but confirming its authenticity.
 

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Be very careful of anything with ivory. You could end up having it confiscated. There's an International ban on importing or trading in ivory without the right Federal paperwork. Some exotic woods, such as ebony, rosewood, etc. are also controlled, as well as many animal species or parts thereof. See http://www.cites.org/
 
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