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02-17-2012, 11:43 AM #1Junior Member
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black powder rifle
So I have this very old Goddard & CO black powder rifle.. I believe it to be from the 1800s but I'm really not sure. Its a double barrel percussion cap. Im trying to get a general Idea of how much one of these things is worth because I think i may sell it or trade it at the next gun show. Any help would be appreciated
02-17-2012, 11:50 AM #2
You're a bit off topic, but quickly:
There were several Goddard gunmakers including the Goddard family of Missouri who made rifles and the Goddards of England who made percussion shotguns and perhaps rifles.
A percussion double rifle would be quite unusual from an American gunmaker of that time.
If you send me a PM with some pictures and more info I'll try to do a bit of research.
02-17-2012, 11:56 AM #3
You might want to post this on the "Smoke Pole-Black Powder" forum here on Gunboards. They would probably be able to help you more than most of us. (well, other than Stalin's Ghost; he seems to have some insight on you subject)
02-17-2012, 04:46 PM #4
Well, based on the pictures you sent me, you have an S.A. Goddard percussion shotgun "fowling piece", probably made in Birmingham, England between 1834 and 1856, though some were assembled later in the US from Goddard parts. The real English-made ones will have English proof house marks on the barrels and the American ones won't.
Yours, as closely as I can tell, is one of the plain grades and not the fancy engraved and silver damascened versions, but maybe it is just worn. I can't get good enough resolution to tell.
The highest price I've seen for a Goddard in the top "deluxe" inlayed and engraved grade was a bit under $750 at auction some time back.
Lower grade guns of that sort might sell now in the $200-$400 price range if they are clean and all parts work and are there, a lower price than a few years back. I can't tell from your photos what shape yours is really in, so i can't be very precise. If English and in good shape, people still shoot these, but if corroded from black powder and parts missing or hammers not functioning, it is just a pretty wall hanger.
02-17-2012, 06:24 PM #5
Welcome Clockwise, I remember my first post and how many times that I was directed here for the facts. Certainly the knowlege here is the best. Don,t sell the gun until you have heard from so many gunheads that you actually are one. Happy Hunting Hijack.