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    Civil War Era Colts & Whitney Valuation Help Requested

    I have 3 civil war era percussion revolvers that I need to put a value on. They belong to a friend of my son who inherited them from his Dad. He’s thinking about selling them but has no idea what they’re worth. There are two Colts and a Whitney. I have zero experience with these types of guns but I told him I’d try to help him out.

    I thought I’d start here and ask if anyone could point me in the right direction in terms of valuation.

    I'll post some pics of each one below. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks, Bill
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    Colt 1849 Pocket Revolver




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    Colt 1860 Army





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    Whitney Navy




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    I was hoping to get some input from the Colt guys here. Is this something that isn't normally done?

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    The '49: $500-700, the Whitney around a 1000. Are the pins broke on the 1860? In the last picture it looks like the barrel is offset. Also looks like the cylinder has too much blue compared to the rest of the gun.
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    The cylinder on the 1860 definitely does not match the patina of the rest of gun. It looks like a later replacement that someone stamped the 4 digits of the serial number on. Agree with Chaffee's appraisal on the other two.
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    Don't know the history on the 1860 but I agree the cylinder doesn't match the rest of the gun. That being said it has the correct s/n on it. Could it be a spare?

    Why so low on the 1849? I haven't seen anything currently listed that compares for less than $1400.

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    To follow-up on this. I went back to the owner with these numbers and some other input from another site. Plus what comps I could find. His father apparently did some research on these guns before he passed and he felt the guns were worth significantly more. Not sure where he got his info but of course the son wanted to go with his Dad's numbers so I listed them on GB with his prices. It doesn't seem like there's a big demand for these antique guns and with his prices we didn't get a sniff so I got him to back off a bit and the 1849 is at $1195, the 1860 is at $1295 and the Whitney is at $1395. I have a couple of watchers on the 1849 so it can't be too far off. Nothing on the other two.

    We'll see where this goes before they sell. I'm just trying to help this guy out. Unfortunately he needs to sell some guns to pay lawyers fees since his stepmother is contesting the will.

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    The 1860 is really pretty rough and badly abused, and, mis-matched Serial Numbers for Barrel and Frame.

    Someone dismantled it and did some surface Grinding on the Frame sides and Cap recess Recoil Shield.

    Barrel assembly to Frame Pins are broken off or missing or who knows what, but totally off align there.

    Cylinder is likely Italian reproduction and someone put the numbers on it to match...or it just happened to have the right four numbers, but it clearly does not belong on that Gun.

    It's a mess...Barrel has been sanded...

    If it was mine, I'd get some good pictures of the Bore, even clean the Bore first ( Bronze Bore Brush and hot Soapy Water...) just in case the Bore is good...and list it on Gunbroker for $450.00, where, bad as it is, it would likely get some bids.
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