So, somebody selling it for 850 at a gun show somewhere back east may have been full of crap? Is there a collector spin on this gun?
The Ithaca Hawken was a great rifle. They were originally made by Cherry Corners many years ago. Ithaca purchased the inventory and began selling it as the Ithaca Hawken. Navy Arms stepped in the picture and partnered with Ithaca for awhile. All of these were great rifles. I bet the one that you saw for $850 was one of those. In the early years they were basically custom guns.
After a time Navy Arms took over the project. After the made in USA parts were used up Navy had them built by Uberti in Italy. They were still fine rifles however. Uberti did, and still does, a good job of building firearms.
The Ithaca Hawken was a rather expensive rifle in it's day. If my memory serves me correct you could buy two T/C Hawkens for the price of one Ithaca Hawken.
By the way, it was said to be an exact copy of the Hawken owned by Kit Carson.
So the book says that an Ithaca Hawken in 100% is worth $400. Well, I tell you that you cannot find a new rifle of that quailty anywhere near $400!
Now if I have any of the facts wrong please correct me. My memory is not what it use to be. In fact someone told me there are two things that go first when you get older. One is the memory. I can't remember what the other one is.