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Here is Ron Gabel's answer to question number 8908

Question:

I own a Frank Wesson 38cal with the 1859 and 1862 patent on the octagon barrel. It fires the 38 Long Colt or a "rim fire" cartridge. What is interesting is that inscribed on the barrel (above the patent info) reads in script letters, "EXPRESSLY FOR G W TUNSTALL" What does this mean? What is it's value?

Answer:

Tumstall was a dealer located in Wisconsin circa 1857, I suspect your Frank Wesson was made to be sold through that dealership. This marking should, in my opinion, increase your rifles value over a standard Frank Wesson by as much as 25%.

Submitted By: Joe Holifield On: 3/31/2006 5:31:19 PM

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