Grandfather's Gun Collection - Where to Go From Here?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder & Musket' started by Steverinos, May 23, 2012.

  1. Steverinos

    Steverinos New Member

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    Hi everyone,

    My mother and I were going through my grandfather's gun collection and are clueless as to how to evaluate their worth. Any help/guidance/advise on how to proceed would be greatly appreciated. Take a look at the link.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/79198962@N02/
     
  2. TheOldMan

    TheOldMan New Member

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    I would suggest a prof. appraisal. Looking at some of the photos you've got posted, it would be well worth the cost. I would also suggest you get his collection insured if it is not already. :)
     

  3. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Beautiful collection!
    That Ruger Old Army is just awesome! If you can identify some of the models, you could get a very, very general idea of their worth from auctions on gunbroker.com. Like the Ruger Old Army is somewhere from $300-500 or depending on condition and such; a plain-jane, blued but clean one is being offered for $400 on thefiringline.com forum, and i doubt it lasts the week.

    You are gonna need a professional.
     
  4. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    Steve;
    Find a gun 'expert' thru friend or family. He'll estimate them. They'll know how. They'll show you how they arrived at the estimate if good folk. Then you'll auction them off -- maybe offer to pay the premium and shipping on one the expert wants to buy and wins THRU THE AUCTION HOUSE!

    Now, those are nice guns. Worth thousands. But, not so many you have to bother insuring them by a long stretch. Sorry.
     
  5. towboater

    towboater Well-Known Member

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    A very nice collection. I hope you are able to keep em in the family.
     
  6. Hawg

    Hawg Active Member

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    The flint and percussion single shots are custom builds and the flint isn't a very good one. The one with fluted grips is a parlor pistol and shouldn't be fired with modern ammo. The Colt's are very nice tho.
     
  7. TimL2952

    TimL2952 New Member

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    Are the parlor pistols the ones that fire from a very short cartridge that is powered by the primer? From German in-door ranges??
     
  8. Hawg

    Hawg Active Member

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    Yes but not just German.
     
  9. W. C. Quantrill

    W. C. Quantrill New Member

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    If you dont insure them it would sure be advisable to put them in a vault or safe storage. The Value of them is high even to collectors, but more so as family heirlooms. It would seem sacrilegious to sell a grandfathers collection like that.
     
  10. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    William;
    Please be careful not to accidently mislead Steve: their value is NOT high to collectors although everything is relative I suppose. Of course they should be secured. However, again, it isn't like they would even be able to put a down-payment on a home with their worth. Well, actually, you could probably buy a house in Detroit with them but that's only a four-figure sum...
     
  11. W. C. Quantrill

    W. C. Quantrill New Member

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    Worth is relevant. It'd be a dam shame to let some criminal type make off with them though. I have a vault full of my Gpas guns, and all together they probably wouldnt sell for ten thousand bucks, but a hundred thousand of insurance money wouldnt buy peace of mind if some trash stole them, know what I mean?
     
  12. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    Actually, no, sorry, I have no idea what you are talking about. If it helps, again, of course they should be secured...
     
  13. W. C. Quantrill

    W. C. Quantrill New Member

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    Something in the collection that you want to buy cheap?
     
  14. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    Sorry again William, I still don't know what you mean.

    I merely indicated that the value is relatively modest in my opinion for what is referred to here as "the collection," and though it should obviously be secured it does not warrant insurance. I don't think I can make it any simpler for you than that William. No need to respond if you still miss the point.

    I also don't think someone who is a novice about arms and/or has a well below average income should erroneously build up the expectations of the family, to which I extend my condolences, who apparently doesn't know guns much at all. No need to respond if you take exception to that William.

    If you are impugning my character by implying that I was somehow trying to depress the price of any pieces for my own personal gain I would say three things:
    1) you obviously don't do much here which includes reading the most popular current thread on the Blackpowder forum, by far, or you'd inevitably have developed a different perspective;
    2) only a cur who themselves would act as you indicate would suggest such a thing, and;
    3) number two is especially true if you read my comments and understood that I clearly only indicated all arms should be sold through an auction, regardless, including those that the family may want to be generous with. Perhaps Steve will even confirm I didn't contact him personally. So, William, are you a mutt or just illiterate?

    In fact there isn't, and probably never was, a reason for you to respond here William.
     
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  15. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    Dupe post...
     

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  16. St8LineGunsmith

    St8LineGunsmith New Member

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    It looks like most of those firearms are C&R and in very good condition. as others have already advised a professional appraisal would be in your best interest and have the collection insured for the amount of the appraisal as with all CR the price can be worth more if there is known history of the firearms

    each gun will be separately apraised with a replacement value
    IOW what it would cost to replace each individual pistol due to the current market price and the condition of the firearm.
    A professional appraiser will also try to find out any history of the arms he or she is appraising you can be a big help to find out if any of the firearms were heirlooms or were they bought from a dealer and try to find any paperwork on the firearms.

    You have a very nice collection the wise thing would be to keep it because a retailer will not give you the total worth of the firearms due to they will have to sell it to make a profit so the replacement value will be lower than what a gun dealer will offer.
    Keep them and cherish the heirlooms grand pap left you that he intended for you to keep in the family.
     
  17. W. C. Quantrill

    W. C. Quantrill New Member

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    Well, that is a rather nasty response, all of which is incorrect, but I am not going to bite on that bait, as it is only provoking more nastiness.