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Old 06-11-2014, 07:59 PM   #1
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Hey, This is Charles Pharr. I am an appraiser needing help. I am having a hard time determining the era and approximate value of this fine old rifle. First I need a value and second who would you recommend to consign the rifle if it becomes available for sale?

It is 56"L overall with a 41" Octagonal barrel

Is this a colonial era weapon?

Definitely old.

Your help is greatly appreciated.


Thanks so much, Charles

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That is a Kentucky/Pennsylvania Long Rifle, & its Cap & Ball not flintlock..........

I would say its value is around 800 bucks..........

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Thanks so much for your help!

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Wood is beautiful for sure.


Sent from a phone I can use to do my taxes, but can't make a damn call.

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Are there any markings or names on the barrel? Some makers put a type of brand or their name around the breech area,, any identifying marks can be researched and give you a much better idea of the rifles age and value.

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Are there any markings or names on the barrel? Some makers put a type of brand or their name around the breech area,, any identifying marks can be researched and give you a much better idea of the rifles age and value.
You will have to take the barrel off, the Makers Marks are on the underside of the barrel...............
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As said, the rifle is a caplock, not a flintlock. The percussion cap replaced flint priming, and was first used about 1820- long after the Revolutionary period.

The American style "long rifle" started in Pennsylvania, around Lancaster, and migrated towards the frontier- VA, KY and Tenn. You need better pictures, higher pixels, showing details. Appears there may be some stock damage.

There MAY be markings on the lock- many independent makers bought factory made locks to install on their locally crafted guns. Absent being a pristine example of a highly collected maker, the $800 figure is probably fairly close.

DO have a smith check that the rifle is not loaded (takes about 60 seconds). There are a LARGE number of muzzleloaders that have been hanging over the fireplace for a century with powder and ball in the barrel.

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That's a flintlock style rifle, probably converted to percussion using a new lock. Put it on the American Long Rifle forum and you'll get better information.

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The wood is not maple. Looking inder the rear flap the wood is walnut that has been burn striped. It's a very nice job and a nice stock. but it's walnut, Maple is a very light wood and curly maple has a lot of burl and yours has no burl.

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