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    Small find

    I’m was cleaning basement and came across a beater single barrel in bad shape. Had nice Stevens butt plate so took it off and found a 1923 Illinois hunting license in stock bolt hole. It takes better man than me to read it, looks like my doctor wrote it. I have found a few bucks under butt plates, always on single barrels. Nothing but the license in this one.19172C4C-7BFB-44E3-9575-FDB55B53974C.jpeg
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    Very cool find! I enjoy those old artifacts when person can find them. Thanks for sharing,
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    Like you, I always check under the butt plates of any used gun I purchase; seldom is there anything of interest underneath, but I did find an interesting note under the butt plate of an old 12-bore double I purchased in the early 2000's from a gun shop in Charlotte NC. It was a rather rare and uncommon Tobin double made in Norwich, Connecticut; and when I removed the butt plate I found a hand written note from a previous owner that said "If you have this gun it is stolen. It belongs to ............, and my address is ..........."; I then notified the dealer who assured me the gun was not stolen. But I have contacts who, like you, have found old licenses (they must have hunted with a screw driver in the event they were checked by the GW?), dollar bills, and even a $5 gold piece; but other than the above note, my finds have been limited to wooden plugs and lead wheel weights. Still, one never knows??

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    I bet a museum in Illinois would like to have that.
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    If you decide to keep it, put it in a nice frame and hang it in your man room
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    Quote Originally Posted by Golphin View Post
    I bet a museum in Illinois would like to have that.
    I would probably send it to them but one of Jumpshot Obama’s crowd would steal it and sell it to a antique shop. I’ve got several and some Canadian fishing license out of old tackle boxes I’ve bought.
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    Vacuum seal it and put in a picture to hang in your man room.

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    I’ve got enough of my own license to paper a wall. If I could cash in all my hunting & fishing license I could finance a nice week trip somewhere. I’m not into that kind of decorations, hell most of my own stuff is antique. What hurts is I bought it new. So I don’t have to hang old junk up to feel in style.
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    I always check under the butt plates, too. But I've never found anything.

    Keep looking and hoping though...
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    My father who made gun stocks always burned his initials on the back of the butt stock before adding the butt plate or recoil pad.I started the same thing about 30 years ago. There are about 30 rifles or shotguns out there withe the initials JM or VM on them Doubt very much if anyone will ever see them


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