Value to the eyes or value with dollar signs? Ditch the grips and I'd say it looks great like it is. If it functions great and shoots great, "I think to myself, this has been through the worst of times and still keeps on ticking". If you want to put it in a velvet lined wooden box get it blued. An older Winchester was mentioned in this thread, if an 1893 lever gun ever got reblued that would be a shame. If it is solid rust and junk go for it.