It would help to know the dealer, and perhaps review the listing? There has been one circulating - off and on - at Gunbroker, for a couple of years now, that was commissioned by the late William Locke, an extremely wealthy, and well-liked, collector of the 1940s to 1980s, who had everything else in the US martial pistol line, even a North & Cheney, and felt the need to fill the gap, but - even with his money and connections - could not find an original. The GB ad has - so far - been clear on the fact that the piece offered was not original.
I'm not saying - though the data indicates otherwise - that there might not be one or two unaccounted for - but NOT 50!
Then of course, there is always Hollywood - the trapdoor action has been used for "pirate pistols". I once owned an 1865 First Allin example. There are a number of ID points - which have been published, so the fakers know them, too - which may separate at least some of the bad ones.
$17,000 is serious money, even today. Anyone spending that kind of dough should find out exactly what they are buying.
Last edited by Dick Hosmer; 04-16-2012 at 06:39.
I never believed there were SO many STUPID people in this country. Start working now to take the Senate in 2014.