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10 December 2020, 00:09
Buglemintoday
Documenting previous owner...(paperwork)
Happy Wednesday everyone


I was picked to inherit a handful of firearms from a well known rancher/cowboy from Wyoming. I want to have paperwork showing that the guns are from the man instead of just "hearsay" like what most gun show tables try to do. (Was once owned by...etc)

I was going to make a book with historical photos of the guns as well as current photos of the guns. And wanted to do a few letters that are notarized by the grand daughter showing their authenticity. What else can I do to add historical value to have with the guns?

I do plan on at least shooting and hunting with a few...

I'd like to do this while I have a close family tie around to the original owner.


Any added input would be great. I've never bought guns with much known history, but want as much as I can to be in writing to stay with these firearms forever.
17 December 2020, 10:26
bghntr416
You already mentioned photos but any photos that you can get of the owner with the guns and hopefully using them would be great. I think a photo with the relative standing alongside the collection would also be beneficial. Maybe even a photo with you init as well. What a fun project. Good luck.
20 December 2020, 06:17
Biebs
Maybe he or his wife kept receipts from when they bought them? Anything like that helps.
21 December 2020, 04:46
Buglemintoday
Thanks for the responses, I'll see what I can come up with next time I'm up there
29 December 2020, 12:16
NormanConquest
Best of luck, if we are talking about the same cowboy there is a potential for $$$


Never mistake motion for action.
30 December 2020, 04:38
Stonecreek
Even well-documented provenance of a "famous" owner usually will still buy you a cup of coffee if put with $2 in some places. The level of fame of the owner has to be very high in order to enhance the value of a firearm. "Famous in some circles" usually won't do it.
11 January 2021, 02:51
Buglemintoday
quote:
Originally posted by Stonecreek:
Even well-documented provenance of a "famous" owner usually will still buy you a cup of coffee if put with $2 in some places. The level of fame of the owner has to be very high in order to enhance the value of a firearm. "Famous in some circles" usually won't do it.


That's true. They were inducted into the Cowboy hall of fame..so there is a chance that even if it doesn't add value...the Cody Firearms Museum would like them if I passed away (and could prove to them where they came from)