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A nice little piece.
« on: May 04, 2017, 16:24 »
This was one of about 3 finds from and old house site(and the other 2 were junk) I realise it's an old percussion cap mech, but I've no idea what weapon. I've done a fair amount of searching, but all to no avail. There's still more to find there.

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Re: A nice little piece.
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2017, 16:50 »
A nice old piece alright , hopefully someone will be able to tell you what gun it was , Gazza .
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Re: A nice little piece.
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2017, 16:59 »
What size is it?  With that engraving it could be a percussion shotgun.
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Re: A nice little piece.
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2017, 17:44 »
Yeah I too thought shotgun, or pistol. But when I was going through photos most had engraving on the plate.

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Re: A nice little piece.
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2017, 19:42 »
The engraving adds to the piece. I would expect the loss of a weapon back whenever was a huge event :( what a cool find!, congrats
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Re: A nice little piece.
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2017, 23:00 »
Interesting piece , i have to say that i doubt it was from a percussion firearm . Your find has the hammer striking what appears to be an anvil such as used to explode old style caps . A percussion firearm has the hammer striking a nipple on which is placed the percussion cap , this nipple has to be screwed into the barrel so the flame from the cap can be transferred to the powder by the vent hole in the nipple . I'm happy to be wrong but i cannot see how that piece could perform the above task , never the less it's an obviously old , and unusual find . Another possibility could be a tape ignition system , have a look at Maynard systems and variations .
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Re: A nice little piece.
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2017, 23:25 »
Good spot WH - I just thought the nipple had fell off and/or under that cap.
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Re: A nice little piece.
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2017, 06:56 »
Interesting piece , i have to say that i doubt it was from a percussion firearm . Your find has the hammer striking what appears to be an anvil such as used to explode old style caps . A percussion firearm has the hammer striking a nipple on which is placed the percussion cap , this nipple has to be screwed into the barrel so the flame from the cap can be transferred to the powder by the vent hole in the nipple . I'm happy to be wrong but i cannot see how that piece could perform the above task , never the less it's an obviously old , and unusual find . Another possibility could be a tape ignition system , have a look at Maynard systems and variations .

Yeah I see what your saying. This one has a transfer Port. But I can't see where the tape would have sat. Looks like more research to be done
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Re: A nice little piece.
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2017, 07:29 »
Lloking foward to find out what this hammer is off as well
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Re: A nice little piece.
« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2017, 13:29 »
French pinfire?



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Re: A nice little piece.
« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2017, 14:38 »
Cast iron 1890's child's cap gun, expensive toy in its day.
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Re: A nice little piece.
« Reply #11 on: May 11, 2017, 21:11 »
Thanks for the tip here, has pointed me along the right path. Looks possibly like a mech from a blunderbuss style cap gun.......maybe.....
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