I am almost certain I know the answer to this question but I am going to ask it any way. The above rifle is very likely from my family in the 1700s. We are 98% certain of this. We've done our genealogy research. I don't know if I can put this as a direct descendant, just a family member. A few years ago an exhibition came to the TN state museum here in Nashville. A banker friend of mine invited my wife and I to go on opening night. It was an early TN history exhibition. As I rounded one corner I came upon a TN rifle from Jacob Young. I do know that Jacob is a direct ancestor. I almost crapped when I saw it. Long story short I convinced the museum curator to contact the owner to see if he would be willing to sell it......He contacted me. Yes! $60K .
I have been wanting a Brown Bess and really saving my pennies to get one. Now this comes along. My question is buy this rifle which is likely family (not 100% sure) or wait and buy the Bess 1st or 2nd model? I am pretty sure both will increase in price over time, but which one the most? I would rather have the Bess if this wasn't family. That small % of doubt is killing me.
Here is info on Jacob http://www.americanh..._1to11_lres.pdf