Re: refinishing l c smith field grade
Posted by Steve Arnett on May 6, 2012, 11:41 am, in reply to "Re: refinishing l c smith field grade"
I've always found this to be a curious phenomenon among Amercian collectors. Markets are what they are. It may indeed be accurate that you may never recover the investment you might make in refinishing the wood. On the other hand, there is also the view that life is too short to shoot an ugly gun. Best advice is to make your decision with eyes open, but enjoy it regardless of you r choice. |
Another point is that there are a number of very dedicated and highly skilled 'smiths out there that specialize in old American guns. They always seem to be busy, with worked backed up. So, there is a market there, too.
My gut tells me that as time goes on, well done restorations will also increase in value. Maybe not at the same rate as the inevetibally, increasingly scarce, specimens in original condition will.
My $0.02 worth.