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We need more info on it. What are the makings on the barrel or receiver? More pictures of the marking.
There is a serial number under the barrel where it breaks over. and the side of the gun says, "LC Smith" we think. It's hard to read due to rust. We were told that it is a gun dating back to the civil war, anybody know if this could be true or not? I will get more pics later if possible
I am not sure but I don't think it is quite that old. 32 Magnum and Popeye will be a big help on this one so I'll shut up before I give you some wrong info. Just wait till one of them fellows see this thread. Good luck.
Without better pictures of the markings, 'bout all can be said is: "It is a shotgun."
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Current trademark manufacture beginning late 2004 by Marlin Firearms Company, located in North Haven, CT. Previous trademark manufactured 1878-1888 by W.H. Baker & Co and L.C. Smith Maker located in Syracuse, NY, also manufactured 1890-1950 by Hunter Arms Company and L.C. Smith Gun Co. in Fulton, NY, and from 1968-1972 by Marlin Firearms Company, located in New Haven, CT.
The L.C. Smith sidelock shotgun with its famous rotary locking bolt is considered an "American Best" and is recognized as one of America's most prestigious and collectible shotguns. Recently released records indicate that L.C. Smith sold more medium to high grade models than Parker Bros., and collector interest has been very high. The Blue Book of Gun Values strongly recommends an expert appraisal when contemplating a purchase of a higher grade L.C. Smith, particularly in 90%+ original condition.
Grading an L.C. Smith. The price guide in this book is based on the percentage of factory finish remaining (PFFR). However, due to the sheer age of most of these guns, the original finish especially case colors have faded over time. Therefore, most Smith collectors generally make the following adjustments to the PFFR when converting to NRA Modern Standards.
Post or PM me the serial# and I can give you more info and an est value.
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Very nice shotgun, I own one in 98% condition. This model is 1884 or later. Smith left the business and became Smith Corona ( typewriters ). Damascus barrels would make it double value but yours looks like something the dog dug up. Value in really good shape would be near $1000. Yours maybe $25 as a wall hanger. If the bores are fine and the rust isn't to bad maybe you can restore it.
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