When I was in High School, my "Industrial Arts" teacher would not allow us to use any machine in the shop till we could do it the same with hand tools. Whether it was plaining wood, or making a round bar of stock flat or a square one round. This has proven so useful when I've needed to do something and not had a machine, and total respect for the workmanship of some of the fine English or European firearms of the turn of the Century.As of 1993, when I graduated from GS school, we were still taught stock making by hand, from a blank. 4 stocks were required for completion of the course. Lots of 'other' tasks taught and preformed by hand with only hand tools. "It ain't all machine work , synthetic stocks and spray-on coatings". Traditional gunsmithing, making for 1 of a kind firearm upon completion, and/or being capable of making repairs to arms where the parts are all hand fit. "Files, stones, chisels & gouges used along side the lathe, mill and TIG welder". Almost a 'novel idea' in todays day and age.
I was once a farrier and turned hot shoes for drafts and on occasion I would repair a fan blade for a client out of his grain bin. Sometimes a large stone would get into the truck and hit the blade in off load. Fan blades turning at high PTO RPM's usually lose out on that. It was fun doing that but to see how a barrel was forged with the tools they had is incredible.
So what would a BP Kentucky rifle manufactured like that be worth today?