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Re: 1884 Trapdoor
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Friday, 25 March 2011, at 5:54 p.m., in response to 1884 Trapdoor, posted by Gary Gideon on Friday, 25 March 2011, at 4:30 p.m.
You have the remains of a "Model 1888" (but still always marked 1884) rod-bayonet rifle, many of which were used by State troops in the Spanish-American war. In its' present condition, it would be valued as a shooter, or source of parts.
There would be no serious collector value, especially in the current buyer's market, as complete original specimens are readily available at modest prices. No reason to hold out for hope of finding that special buyer, because such "modified" pieces are VERY, VERY hard to sell. Count yourselves quite lucky that there is some interest, and do the best that you can for the widow.
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