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Whitneyville Musket Value?

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by Tyler Crone, Nov 25, 2017.

  1. Tyler Crone

    Tyler Crone New Member

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    My father has, what I believe to be, a Whitneyville .58 Caliber model 1861 musket from the Civil War. I see these for sale online in great condition for ~$2,000. This one is probably in fair condition and also has a shorter stock than those I can find online (looks like the front of the stock was cut off underneath the barrel).

    Any idea of what its value is? I'm thinking somewhere around $600? IMG_1679.JPG IMG_1680.JPG IMG_1681.JPG IMG_1682.JPG IMG_1683.JPG
     
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  2. Shooter45

    Shooter45 *Administrator* Staff Member Administrator Moderator Supporting Member

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    You need to post some clear, close up pictures made in natural light.
     
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  3. Old Guns

    Old Guns Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Please recheck the caliber. It looks like a Model 1861 Plymouth Navy Rifle from the finger rest on the trigger guard. They were 69 caliber. The forend has been cut and maybe the barrel. This negatively affects value a great deal.
     
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  4. Tyler Crone

    Tyler Crone New Member

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    Thanks for the reply. I don't think the actual barrel has been shortened, only the stock.

    What's the easiest way to check the caliber? Just measure the inside barrel diameter?
     
  5. Old Guns

    Old Guns Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    If the barrel has not been cut then it will have a sight and a long bar on the side to mount a bayonet. The bore can be measured as you stated. .69 is a little shy of 3/4 of an inch.
     
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  6. Tyler Crone

    Tyler Crone New Member

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    I finally measured the bore, and you are correct. The inside of the bore is just shy of 3/4 of an inch. Here are some better pictures in natural light. It looks like, at one time, there was a mount on the side of the barrel for a bayonet.

    Can you anyone give me an estimate of what this might be worth?
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  7. Old Guns

    Old Guns Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    The cut stock really hurts the value. The missing bayonet lug also does it no favors. It was actually turned into a poor mans shotgun. Many of these guns suffered this fate. 500 dollars is an estimate. It can be repaired with some skill and time.
     
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  8. Hawg

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    In my opinion Old Guns is right about the 500 but also in my opinion if you're trying to sell it it might take awhile to find somebody willing to give that.
     
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