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Stack
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Posted - 04/07/2011 :  9:00:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In 1985 I custom ordered, from Freedom Arms, this .22 caliber cap & ball mini revolver that cost me $371.75. It is factory engraved and has factory scrimshawed elephant ivory grips. Also ordered was Freedom Arms deluxe belt buckle holster, with gold and silver plated highlights, and a Freedom Arms presentation case. I have posted this information on other forums, requesting value, but only receiving Blue Book values for the basic Freedom Arms cap & ball revolver and the basic belt buckle holster. It is new, unfired, and the cylinder is unturned. I am still interested in learning what the current value might be.





Edited by - Stack on 04/07/2011 9:05:23 PM

v35
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Posted - 04/08/2011 :  12:27:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Was this a catalog item or one of a kind special order?
I believe it would have to go on auction to determine its' current value.
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tsr1965
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Posted - 04/08/2011 :  05:45:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Stack,

Welcome to the forums here on GunBroker.com.

If those are indeed genuine Elephant Ivory grips, they are worth $100.00-125.00 themselves. Unfortunately, I don't believe there is going to be any other way to find out the value of this, than put it up for auction. It is doubtful, with today's economy, that you will get your investment back out of that. It is something that appeals to a very small group of would be collector's, and it does not say Colt, or Winchester on it any place. I would say with the custom options, it is worth at least what you have into it, but only the market demand will be able to determine that.

If you do put it up for auction, if you don't want to risk a loss, start it at what you have into it, plus shipping. Otherwise, start it out at one penny, and get a bidding war going.

It is a very nice looking little conversation piece, but like I mentioned before, only appeals to very few.

Best
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Grasshopper
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Posted - 04/08/2011 :  07:41:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have sold a couple Freedom Arms minis here about a year ago and they have a STRONG following....Mine with buckle brought around 325-350,,,?...yours should bring 400-500....I don't think that is ivory though,,imo,,,simulated..but a good little item.
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Stack
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Posted - 04/08/2011 :  1:06:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I had neglected to mention I purchased the mini revolver at wholesale cost. Retail cost, according to Freedom Arms price list, would have been approximately $500.00.
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Originally posted by mm8nambu

I have sold a couple Freedom Arms minis here about a year ago and they have a STRONG following....Mine with buckle brought around 325-350,,,?...yours should bring 400-500....I don't think that is ivory though,,imo,,,simulated..but a good little item.


The grips are elephant tusk ivory and are listed on the second page of the price list. In fact, the scrimshawed ivory grips cost more than the basic mini revolver. I am also including Freedom Arms' invoice I received with the revolver.






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gearheaddad
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Posted - 04/08/2011 :  3:16:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by tsr1965

Hello Stack,

Welcome to the forums here on GunBroker.com.

If those are indeed genuine Elephant Ivory grips, they are worth $100.00-125.00 themselves. Unfortunately, I don't believe there is going to be any other way to find out the value of this, than put it up for auction. It is doubtful, with today's economy, that you will get your investment back out of that. It is something that appeals to a very small group of would be collector's, and it does not say Colt, or Winchester on it any place. I would say with the custom options, it is worth at least what you have into it, but only the market demand will be able to determine that.

If you do put it up for auction, if you don't want to risk a loss, start it at what you have into it, plus shipping. Otherwise, start it out at one penny, and get a bidding war going.

It is a very nice looking little conversation piece, but like I mentioned before, only appeals to very few.

Best


My thoughts exactly.

My Grandpa always said "sounds like too much thinking, why don't you try aiming!"
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perry shooter
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Posted - 04/08/2011 :  3:33:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The only way to determine value is to #1 have it advertised in such a way as a large % of the population that may be in the market to purchase this Item knows such item is FOR SALE . #2 Along with having it for sale it must have both Verbal and Pictorial information to present it in a true complementary format.#3 when the item is then sold at a agreed on price by both seller and buyer . You will have a good indication of its Value. So if you are willing to sell you pistol you can put it for auction Here and find out it's true value.However value is not a static thing,it goes up and down. Take a common item that is both bought and sold hundreds of times a day and if one watches the trends "like the stock market" you can get a close idea of value at any given moment. However If you want to know the value of an Odd seldom sold item. "like your pistol " it really is a crap shoot unless you sell it. If you want to feel good about your purchase Just put a value of $1000.00 . Who's to say it's valueIS NOT that much without a sale it is a moot point.
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babun
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Posted - 04/08/2011 :  6:06:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I will just add this.... Any documented {as yours is] Ivory with scrimshaw is worth a lot of money today. Do not give that gun away. Ask Minimal of $750. Real elephant Ivory sells for big money at the Nashville Fairgrounds, where I sell antiques and collectibles. Sellers ask their price and many "buyers" {read that as tire kickers}, laugh. But then a collector looks at it and starts to peel off hundred dollar bills.
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badsbsnf81
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Posted - 04/08/2011 :  6:33:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Another factor that can influence value is who engraved it.

The Cold War wasn't that cold.
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Grasshopper
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Posted - 04/08/2011 :  7:36:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well, that helps,,real ivory!! I adjust up to whatever..If you start it here at 1.00,,that will tell you what at that present time what its worth. Good luck.
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