18th Century Musket

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$300
Inherited
Antique rifles (pre-1898)
Pebble Beach USA
Description from user:

Muzzle-leading, smoothbore, flintlock musket. 48" long. Appears to have all original parts -- not aware of any repairs or restoration. Fair condition. Has a manufacturer's name on the plate by the flintlock -- I can't make it out, though you may be able to, but it appears to have been manufactured in Liege, Belgium.

Unknown - believe it has been in my family for several generations.

Answered within 3 days
Dec 18, 09:13 UTC
By George

Fair Market Value

$300 - $600 USD

Insurance Value

$0 USD
What does this mean?

Dear David,

Thank you for the additional images and your patience.

The presented object appears to be a rifle with a percussion lock produced and stamped by the manufacturer "P. J. Malherbe& Cie" in the city of Liege. Liege in Belgium was a center of the production of rifles and pistols which were exported in high numbers. This rifle was made in the second third of the 19th century.
This piece is in medium condition and there is no serious damage visible in the images provided.
A fair market estimation would be between 300 to 600 USD.
This estimate is based on actual recent past recorded auction sales of comparable items. Retail "asking prices" can be higher and may vary.

With kind regards,
Georg

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