The crate was originally curated by the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of South Carolina which then donated the crate to Georgia. In 2007, Delta Air Lines x-rayed the crate but didn't find anything because of the concretion that had formed around the rifles while under water.
Hand tools were used to separate the rifles which were secreted together since most of the wooden crate was gone., but the tin and lead lining remained. One end of the crate was damaged, evidently from when the Stono sank. They were placed in alternating butt to muzzle position.
A pattern 53 Enfield rifle in rough condition can go for a few hundred dollars and rarer ones for around $10,000.
It is likened to the cargo of the blockade-runner Modern Greece which ran aground off the Fort Fisher.