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Old 09-26-2010, 01:14 PM   #1
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Looking for advice. I just received a musket from old family member. Stored away for last hundred years. Patina is almost black/dark brown. Cleaned away some small areas to find "Tower 1863" on side plate, "cw James Birmingham" stamp on stock. Rifle is 46" long overall. I went on line and found some info. I believe it is a confederate musket, 2 band. Most of what I saw were 3 band. I did not want to remove any more of finish until I found what I had. Questions are, should I refinish? Does it have more value than the many thousands of common rifles used during the war. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 09-26-2010, 02:46 PM   #2
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What you call crud/ dirt collectors call "patina". I have seen dozens of high value collectable firearms destroyed by "cleaning" them. Other than light oil, and rubbing (gently) with a clean cloth, DON'T.

Any restoration should be done by an experienced restorer. Otherwise, it is like trying to "restore" a Monet oil with a can of Rustoleum.

This is a link to a company that sells reproductions- may help identify what you have. VERY possible that it is a Civil War firearm.

Civil War Reproduction Muskets - Taylor's & Co., Inc.

Important PS- have you checked that there is not a load in the gun? If not, use the ramrod to check. If you do not know how, send me a PM.
What we have here is... failure- to communicate.
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