I still struggle somewhat to understand how ivory stocks that are fitted to one gun can command a premium price when they might not fit correctly on any other gun.
Lever action - the grips were out of position in that photo - ill post another with them correctly fitted.
I'm not an expert but the engraving seems pretty crude to me. I think it detracts more than it enhances.
Real cowboys don't line dance, a Buckaroo won't even watch.
Throw those poor ivories in a pan of WARM baby or mineral oil keep them in warm oil 'til they won't take any more[maybe as much as several days].If someone had bothered to keep those grips hydrated over the years there is no telling how beautiful they would be. YEAH! I know no one did that back in the day. More's the pity! I'll bet they will fill out some but, probably not back to fitting [if ever they did]. Still, beauts anyway! Nick
Those are very nice looking ivory grips. I have many that have developed similar cracking patterns along the base.
I believe that is just typical of some ivory.
For me, the grips are what makes the gun desireable. If you were to replace the ivories with period correct grips, I believe you would have a pretty hard time getting value out of the gun. The ivories are a plus and the engraving is a negative.
Looks like the stocks are being held on by tape or monofilament?