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I am floored by the hammer price on this broken antique rifle. Auction estimate was $75-$150. Ended up selling for 10k, What's the deal ? EARLY 19TH C. KENTUCKY STYLE MUSKET OCTAGONAL - Jan 15, 2022 | Turkey Creek Auctions in FL
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Its a fine rifle. I looked at the listing. It is signed, was originally flint, had a wooden patchbox, and really splendid carving behind the cheek piece. I am not a collector and dont have that kind of cash. It is amazing if it really brought that much at auction.
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It’s by Joel Ferree. Nothing as early as this of his has survived. He was an important maker but only 3-5 guns survived as far as I know. So, early, Revolutionary War era, important maker, not faked up, as found. We may think it’s out of hand but for the big collectors, a new, early, signed rifle by an important maker whose work is scarce = a high price. Everybody who studies early PA rifles will think this is a very important gun.
 

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It’s by Joel Ferree. Nothing as early as this of his has survived. He was an important maker but only 3-5 guns survived as far as I know. So, early, Revolutionary War era, important maker, not faked up, as found. We may think it’s out of hand but for the big collectors, a new, early, signed rifle by an important maker whose work is scarce = a high price. Everybody who studies early PA rifles will think this is a very important gun.
Now it makes sense. Thank you
 
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It’s by Joel Ferree. Nothing as early as this of his has survived. He was an important maker but only 3-5 guns survived as far as I know. So, early, Revolutionary War era, important maker, not faked up, as found. We may think it’s out of hand but for the big collectors, a new, early, signed rifle by an important maker whose work is scarce = a high price. Everybody who studies early PA rifles will think this is a very important gun.
Now I can see the signature! Yes what an awesome piece of America. Joel and Jacob Ferree of Paradise\ Strasburg area of Lanc. Co. right? I had the privilege of handling a Ferree rifle. One of the two was killed by Indians if I'm not mistaken. Both brothers were gun makers. Am I correct Rich? Any more info on this piece??
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10k is a lot of cash for me but it's just pocket change for a lot of collectors.
Yeah for me too. I'm gonna tell you right now though. If I had the funds id spend that in a heartbeat on this rifle. Its an American Treasure. Besides its close to home and in I know where the homestead is they were raised and lived. Something deep to me. Cash is just that. Cash.
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Yeah for me too. I'm gonna tell you right now though. If I had the funds id spend that in a heartbeat on this rifle. Its an American Treasure. Besides its close to home and in I know where the homestead is they were raised and lived. Something deep to me. Cash is just that. Cash.
James
And the buyers premium is 25% for this auction company!
 

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I wonder if the seller knew what they had or if they're still recovering from a heart attack at the hammer price.
 

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Is that a screw holding the rear trigger guard tang?
 

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