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Posted by Dick Hosmer on Monday, 31 October 2016, at 1:49 p.m., in response to Metcalfe, posted by D. Miller on Monday, 31 October 2016, at 12:50 p.m.
Hard to say - they virtually never come up for sale, and there IS the stigma of reassembly, but, we are basically all in the same boat on that one, since, AFAIK, there are ZERO privately-held specimens KNOWN to be untouched since 1876, and at least one of the museum ones is itself a reassembly.
The serial number is just fine.
I'm sure you are correct about the stock being on the loose for some period of time and getting dinged in what would normally be protected areas.
I'd have to guess that the rifle itself should bring about double the price of a normal early 1873 in equivalent condition. I cannot remember what I paid for my one (carefully-opened) block, but I think it was around $500 and may have been more. I have never owned (or even seen for sale) one of the carriers. I'm guessing survival rate on them (being leather, and of no discernible use to anyone) is EXTREMELY low.
Hopefully, John Spangler will jump in for a more current assessment.
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