Louis Smith is definitely in that group. I wouldn't dare put a value on it but it's a lot.Grizzly1 will no doubt see it and should have an idea and perhaps hawg or TRAP. I'm not familiar with Louis Smith but I do know American Longrifles by some contemporary builders fetch a hefty price. Whether Mr. Smith is in that group I don't know. Unless I'm missing something it certainly appears to be first class work.
There's one on arms list now for 3950. I think they're reaching pretty far. This rifle is extremely intricate compared to that . I'm thinking of selling for 3000Louis Smith (1927-2000)
His work usually sells for between $2,000-$3,500.
His rifles are not of any particular style, but a rendition of the rifles from the flint lock area to the percussion era.
That's about all I know.
I'm going to post it in the classifieds here and on the muzzleloading forum and on the American long rifle forum for and entertain offers. I'm gonna see what happens. If I send it to auction they're going to charge premiums through the wazzu and I don't want to see that happenMe too! Oh wait, that used to be my day job only I wasn't as good at it as what Louis Smith did with this rifle. Given the quality of the work, an asking price of 3,000 is not unreasonable.