Please estimate value of a colt 1861 "conversion" matching serial # XXXXX all pieces in wood case with accessories .38 RF serial # XXXXX good condition
I can't find any value estimate of the conversion modles.
Thank you for using Just Answer!The Richards-Mason Colt Model 1861 Navy Revolver Conversion modified the Colt Model 1861 to accept .38 caliber rimfire or centerfire cartridges. The frame is milled to allow the hammer to contact the cartridge.Based on the serial number provided, your conversion is the U.S. Navy (as opposed to the civilian version). The gun is a centerfire and has a soft, military blue finish with non-constant military markings.Retail values:Excellent: $30,000Very Good: $19,200-$24,000Good: $12,600-$14,400Fair: $5,700-$9,600Poor: $4,200I hope this helps. If you are satisfied with my answer, please click the "accept" button. Thanks!Philip
I would like to e-mail you pictures for more clairfication how can I do that.
The quickest way is to attach them to a message using Just Answer's paper clip icon (which you can see at the top of the message box you are typing in). Otherwise you can email them to XXX@XXXXXX.XXX and they will forward them to me in a day or two.
can I send you a picture for more clarification and where do I send it.
Charles,Send it to:firstname.lastname@example.org they will forward it to me. I am not allowed to provide anyone my personal email address by Just Answer rules.Philip
thank you I will send them now
I'll be on the look out for them when they are forwarded to me.
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX especially interest if the photo's will confirm your analysis and what condition you would estimate it is in.
I assume you have some good closeups and at least one showing the entire gun.
Perfect - I'll notify you when I get them.
Have you received the pictures yet?
Not yet - the holiday might have slowed things down...
OK lookin g foward to your confirmation of the value. I was going to sell it to someone that said it was only worth 2 to 3 thousand. I hope you are right.
If you are correct that the condition is good, another source (the 2012 Standard Catalog of Firearms) which is showing lower values for that gun than the Blue Book, is still way above $3,000:Very Good: $15,000Good: $7,500Fair: $3,500Poor: $1,000Philip Van Cleave41095.7408963773
The over all condition is very good for a firearm that old. The only blemish is some nicks in the barrel where someone could not remove the barrel at one time.
I really appreciate your help. Do I rate you now or when we are finished?
While we are waiting, here is the condition criteria for antiques such as yours:Excellent is at least 98% original finish and bore condition and 100% working order with all original parts and no repairs.Very good is at least 80% original finish and bore condition and 100% working order with original parts and no repairs.Good is at least 50% original finish, bore may show some corrosion and wear and must be in working order. Small repairs, alterations, and factory replacement parts are allowed.Fair requires that there be at least some original finish or old refinishing remaining and gun may or may not be in working order.Poor has no finish, has pitting, and may not be in working order - a "wall hanger."Philip
Firearms instructor, 40 years experience with firearms.
That is very helpful, based on these descriptions I got to believe mine is the neighborhood of very good. hopefully you will agree.
Thanks again for staying with this.
They don't seem to want to send you the pictures. should I send them again and mention to send them to you. Is sending pictures unusual?
People send photos from time to time. You might include the link to this thread so they know what question the photos go to. The link is:http://www.justanswer.com/firearms/6v3af-please-estimate-value-colt-1861-conversion-matching.htmlPhilip
Photos arrived! Gun looks very nice. They key is how much of the finish is on the gun, I just can't tell very well from the picture. Thus, I can't say for sure if it is in "good" or "very good" condition. Considering the potential value, I would suggest you go to a local auction house that specializes in antique firearms and get a "hands on" appraisal.Philip
Charles,Thanks for the "accept" on your Colt 1861 Conversion. If you have any future firearms questions, please keep both Just Answer and me in mind.Philip