Friend of a friend evaluated inherited L.C. Smith 16 Ga double -Ideal Grade with ejectors (S/N FWE107485, mfd 1927)
They identified a hairline crack on one side of the stock, from pistol grip to recoil pad-
First 2 attachments: hairline crack visible on one side.
Last attachment: 2 views of other side of stock (no crack)
Not a gun guy. This shotgun belonged to my grandfather who passed before I was born, and has been in my mother's possession since my father passed >20yr ago.
I've been maintaining it since my father passed, but with no interest in the family it's time to pass it on someone who appreciates it.
The guy who evaluated it said it's 60% and worth around $2K if the stock wasn't cracked.
Don't know if vintage shotguns with flaws are always kept intact, or sometimes "parted out" ie: one with a flawed barrel and one with flawed stock combined(?)
Location: Central NY. Considering a local auction house in Geneva NY for a few other guns.
Appreciate perspective on value with the described flaw, and recommendations for best options to sell and get a fair return.
Thanks for your time!https://imgur.com/rOmbLKthttps://imgur.com/3uS8Fvlhttps://imgur.com/a/Rdv16BK