1817 Common Rifle Value Question
I'm looking at a Common Rifle selling at an auction tomorrow. Its an 1835 dated Starr rifle and in my estimation 80% condition or better. Its a really nice rifle and the history around this early American period is something I'm also interested in. I haven't seen one of these sell before and did some internet searches to try and place a value on it.
The only issue is that it has been "re-converted" to a flintlock at some time.
I know this was done to enhance the value by making a percussion rifle appear original.
How much of a deal killer is this?
As collectors we strive for originality and condition....this one fails in one of the important categories, but its still a neat piece.
I'd appreciate some guidance here. I'm afraid my desire is over-powering my better judgment.
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