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arrgh matey....pirate gun (update)

Discussion in 'Handgun Classifieds' started by coosbaycreep, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. coosbaycreep

    coosbaycreep 9 miles South of Roseburg Active Member

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    shiver me timbers, the pirate gun is sold
     
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2012
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  2. Dallas Ken

    Dallas Ken Dallas Or. Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    You sure come up with some interesting 'stuff'........descriptions are great also.
    Too bad you are way down South.......
     
  3. coosbaycreep

    coosbaycreep 9 miles South of Roseburg Active Member

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    bump
     
  4. AlphaCoyote

    AlphaCoyote Oh, I get around. New Member

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    Geez, I'm interested, but there are so many fakes and reproductions out there. Some of them are really good, including rust or pitting to make something look authentic. So it takes a trained eye. Have you had this authenticated by a reputable historical firearms expert? I'm close to Eugene. PM sent.
     
  5. coosbaycreep

    coosbaycreep 9 miles South of Roseburg Active Member

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    No, I haven't had it authenticated. I'm going to gunworks later today and will have them look at it though.

    As far as it being a fake, Belgium was pretty much the king of old school saturday night specials and there wouldn't be much of a financial reason for anyone to have tried faking a gun like this. And as far as faking pitting, that'd be even more of a waste of time since that hurts value more than probably anything on a black powder gun since that's the biggest factor in whether or not it's safe to shoot or just a wallhanger. I don't think worm holes in the wood add to value either.

    I've did some searching online about belgian proof marks and found these two websites:http://damascus-barrels.com/Belgian_All_Proofmarks.html

    Belgium

    According to those websites, the gun could have been made yesterday or a really long time ago. I don't know for sure, but I know my uncle bought it in the '70s and it was in bad shape then. It looks nineteenth century to me though.

    proof marks:
    -oval with "ELG" over a star on the barrel
    -what looks like a crown with a cursive "L" or something in front of trigger guard (inspector's mark?)
    -brass cap on end of grip has a circle with an E in it, and what looks like 618 below it. It looks like there may have been some other numbers/letters below that at one time, but they're worn off now.
    -has some other mark on the barrel near the thing the flint hits, but I can't tell what it is
     
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