I have an oppertunity to purchase a Civil war rifle from (brother-in-law). It's a 1st type James Merrill carbine 54 cal. He's asking $1500.00 for it. Book says $3750.00 in vg, $2750.00 gd, $1500.00 in fair cond. I looked at it today and its all there, three folding sights, swivel ring and belt ring, everything functions perfect, all screws are there and in good shape. One small crack, they only made 15K of these. It's just a lot of money but for a 159 year old rifle that most likely saw action in the war! I need to let him know pretty soon. Anybody out there have any suggestions.