Hello, Dennis -
Some firearm manufacturers have information available on their websites so that firearms owners can determine the age of their gun. Winchester is one such manufacturer.
I do not find that information on the website for Savage. This is the link to the home page:
However, Savage Arms company does have a web page where one can fill out a form to send a request for information via email:
On that form, I suggest you choose the Support Category of "Historical Request."
As for a valuation of your firearm, I do not know if you reside in the USA, where I am most familiar with reputable appraisal sources. If you do not reside in the USA, then, I suggest you visit your local public library and ask a reference / information librarian to help you find a list of reputable firearms appraisers. I am a librarian by profession.
To find a firearms appraiser, I suggest you use your favorite search engine (I use Google) and enter the following search phrase:
Plus, use the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) web site to find a member who appraises firearms:
Choose the Find An ISA Member link near the top of the page. Then, on the Find An ISA Member page, enter the word firearms in the Find box. Leave the location box blank for the widest possible search.
Compare the lists of firearms appraisers - the list you compiled with your search engine search and the results of the ISA search.
In the USA, several things to consider about a firearms appraiser:
* Is the person accredited by either the American Society of Appraisers, the Appraisers Association of America, the International Society of Appraisers, or the American Gunsmithing Institute?
* Is the appraisal business a member of the Better Business Bureau?
I am the daughter of an NRA approved marksmanship coach who also was licensed to sell firearms.