DO NOT CLEAN IT UP! LEAVE IT ALONE!
First and foremost DO NOT attempt to clean or repair any firearm in advance of obtaining an appraisal. The most common mistake made is an owner trying to “clean it up a little” in an attempt to make it present better. In almost every case, this will result in damage and result in lowering the value of the item.
Do not use any chemicals to clean or preserve. No oil, WD-40, nothing.
Do not attempt to remove any rust or corrosion. No steel wool, toothpaste, nothing.
Do wrap it in wax paper, then wrap in a clean dry towel, and keep it dry…that’s it.
An appraisal is done to establish an accurate value of the firearm(s) dependent on scarcity, condition, provenance, and market demand. Written appraisals are usually done on individual firearms that are above average in one or more of these categories. A very rare firearm and a very common firearm, but once owned by someone of notoriety, may carry equally high values. Again, condition is an important factor.
Appraisals of individual firearms and entire collections can aid in estate planning and insuring against loss or damage.
Individual appraisals are conducted by beginning with an “in hand” inspection, followed by some potential research. This collected information is then documented and a value or value-range is assessed. A fee is charged for this service and will vary depending on research time.
Collection appraisals are conducted in a similar yet often less formal manner. Collection appraisals may or may not include written appraisals of individual items as described above.
Contact us to proceed or if you have any questions.