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Re: Recent appraisal on a Model 1873 Carbine

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Monday, 3 November 2014, at 12:19 p.m., in response to Recent appraisal on a Model 1873 Carbine, posted by Jerry Ipsen on Sunday, 2 November 2014, at 11:25 p.m.

Hate to say it, but that strikes me as pretty darn high, for a "later" (as in no possibility of LBH or similar early frontier association) carbine with a field replacement stock. I suspect it would be a non-mover at a show, if offered at that level.

What is an "80% evaluation" - does that mean overall condition is estimated at 80 on a scale of 100? With all due respect, while 80% represents a very nice, solid, attractive, specimen, that does not indicate a really high-grade gun. Not that I am a big fan of minty guns, as I'm definitely not.

Was this a valuation for insurance purposes? Was the appraiser from a "general antiques" firm, or one who actually specializes in firearms, with particular knowledge of Springfields of the period? Did he offer to buy at that level? I seem to recall you were thinking of selling it.

Don't mean to be negative or rude at all, and, in all honesty, I do not keep my finger on the pulse of trapdoor carbines like I used to, but, off the cuff, that is probably about twice what I would have expected. Guess I need to go back to school!


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