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I have what appears to be an 1869 over/under caplock rifle.

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I have what appears to be an 1869 over/under caplock rifle. There is a nameplate on the stock with the name E.T Farmer on it but I presume that is the owners name. The barrel has A.Buselmeier,Healdsburg,cast steel..1869 is also stamped on it. I'm curious to find out about its history and value...Thanks for your time
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Firearms
Expert:  ProShooter replied 1 year ago.
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Anselem Buselmeier was a gunsmith who was born in Baden, Germany, in 1840 (or 1843 according to some sources). He arrived in Quincy, Illinois, sometime after 1860 and made firearms there. He then left Quincy, moving to San Francisco by 1865, and later to Healdsburg, California, by 1867. In 1877 he relocated to Ukiah, California and then in 1878 he moved to Roseville, Oregon. He died in 1884
His time in Healdsburg, Ca. matches the time frame on your rifle. I would imagine that E.T. Farmer was a previous owner of the gun, and who the gun was made for. Having a nameplate on a gun was fairly common for the time period.
I could only find one reference to a firearm made by him. I'm sure that there were others over the years, but how many may still exist is unknown.
Since he was a fairly small, local gun maker, there isn't enough documented sale evidence to give an absolute value to your firearm. As an educated guess,I would say that $200 to $300 would be a fair price for your rifle. Sadly, there isn't much interest in guns like this, other than being used as decorations or treasured as pieces of Americana.
I hope that this is helpful!
Expert:  ProShooter replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  ProShooter replied 1 year ago.
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