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Re: Model 1881
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 4 October 2009, at 11:44 p.m., in response to Re: Model 1881, posted by Tom J on Sunday, 4 October 2009, at 9:30 p.m.
Your descritption was very helpful. I do not have to see it.
Regret to advise that you do not have one of the 1376 or so Foragers made at SA, and I surely hope that it was not presented to you as such.
Sorry to have to say that almost every point you mentioned is "wrong". Breechblocks, which were specially contoured at the hinge, were ONLY marked "1881", and that was in italic script. SNs will ALL be below 1378. Lockplates may be undated or dated 1873, but were always flush with the stock - the raised-bevel style, bearing dates from 1862 to 1865, was never used on the "real" Forager.
You have an aftermarket arm, made from surplus parts, for the hunting trade, and sold by firms such as Sears & Roebuck. Value is MUCH less than a real 1881 SA Forager - probably only in the $500-$600 range, and I would not expect a quick sale, even at that level. Collector value and/or interest in non-Armory-made items is, to be honest, quite limited.
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