Trash or treasure
I know John Ricketts was a renound gunsmith that built muzzle loaders in Mansfield Ohio, with a little diging on Gooooogle you may be able to learn more about your muzzle loader, his date of birth was 1817 to 1895 so I would say you more than likly have scored an old school muzzle loader that may be worth a few bucks, congradulations on your find, Do not try and clean it up until you know if it's antique or not, as you will take away from it's value, and do keep us posted on what you find out! Hope this helps.
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