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Re: original 1884 US Springfield
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 7 September 2010, at 11:17 a.m., in response to original 1884 US Springfield, posted by Rosalyn Frost on Tuesday, 7 September 2010, at 10:15 a.m.
I've read your "sales pitch", and, assuming it is true, I certainly have empathy for you. However - you have been VERY BADLY misled, and are (unwittingly I am sure) grossly mis-describing the item. The $1600 bidder clearly knows NOTHING about Springfields, and will be VERY disappointed, as that is WAY too much money for a "shooter". In my opinion, you are looking at a valure on the order of $500-$750 maximum.
Nothing personal against either you or your dad - I'm sure he loved it - but the arm is NOT "original". The stock is beautiful, but is NOT from an original carbine, being either from a cut-down rifle, OR a complete fabrication. The arm also has BADLY mixed-era parts and finishes. The barrel is not of original carbine configuration. No serial numbers began with "0". The sights are incorrect for the period - I could go on and on.
I would STRONGLY suggest that you end the auction immediately, and do the research which should have been done BEFORE it was listed.
I'm sure your first reaction is one of anger, and thinking who the hell is this guy, who is at best insensitive, and at worst trying to steal a rare gun. At 72, I'll admit to being blunt, but - after 40+ years of collecting these guns, I know what is right and what isn't.
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