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Re: Starred 1873s
Posted by John on Tuesday, 22 June 2010, at 11:16 p.m., in response to Re: Starred 1873s, posted by Al Hearn on Tuesday, 22 June 2010, at 8:18 p.m.
The salvaged early rifles were not rebuilt into the improved models on a one to one basis as individual arms with the parts kept neatly together. The salvaged rifles/carbines/cadet rifles were stripped down, the parts thrown into piles to be checked and grabbed at random from inspected and approved and refinished parts piles when assembling the "new" rifles. Thus you can end up with a lock from a carbine, bands from two different rifles, trigger guard and buttplate from two others (and possibly themselves salvaged from Civil War muskets) and no possible way to match any of them to their prior incarnation(s). Obviously some parts were scrapped in the overhaul process, and some changes had been introduced over time which rendered some salvaged parts obsolete and needing replacement with the newer style. That accounts for the irregular distribution of parts types.
Value depends on the condition and how badly a collector wants one and how badly a seller does not. Personally, I think the "star" guns are important historical items equal to any totally correct newly made trapdoor arm with all new parts. Others may not.
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