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Re: Regarding, "Close, but no cigar", lookups
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 21 August 2013, at 10:49 a.m., in response to Re: Regarding, "Close, but no cigar", lookups, posted by Charles Parks on Wednesday, 21 August 2013, at 8:50 a.m.
We were discussing (I think) why guns in the infamous "Custer range(s)" were more valuable than others. If so, then the major part of the value would have to be from presumed (wished for) association with LBH. The few such proven arms are ALL rough, some are near relics. The Indians did not give them up easily - I have no doubt whatsoever that a few are STILL in the hands of their descendants.
It would be almost impossible, in my opinion, for a minty carbine to have such a past. Not at all saying that a mint early '73 wouldn't have value, it would, and likely a fairly high one, just no history. I have a nearly brand new M1884 rifle, which is a gorgeous sample of 19th century craftsmanship - but that's it, period.
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