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  1. #16

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    No, the loop is not braided or twisted.
    Here are some additional close up pictures.
    Also, at the very bottom, there appears to be some type of attachment device.Click image for larger version. 

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  2. #17
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    It looks to me like a pair of slide locking tweezers
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    I never knew there was things like these made, good ID CBGuy and congrats on the recovery Ripcon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bowwinkles View Post
    It appears that the loop end is like a small cable and it is connected to the side button which is in a slide window like some type of holding device. May be medical in nature.
    Kind of my first thought, some kind of surgical instrument? They had some pretty tuff ways of doing things then. Just an "out there" guess though.
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    Its a antique Easter egg dipper
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    looks like a capper to me and the loop would be to hang off a button on your coat to keep handy....
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    Civil war era mechanical pencil / fob? Just another wag.
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    Well... From the close ups I'd think a capper is a good possibility, just squished a bit
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  9. #24
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    Could someone explain how a capper worked exactly? What was the loop used for? Is there a video where one could see it in use?
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    We Blackpowder rifle and pistol shooters call it a percussion-capper, but for clarity of meaning it could be called a percussion-cap dispenser. You load it with about 20 percussion caps by using the knob to pull back the internal spring, and feed the caps into it at its open end. The spring's pressure keeps one cap held in place by the crimp at the capper's open end. (You can see this in the photo helpfully posted by Pepperj above, which I'll re-post at the end of this message.)

    When you need to put a cap on the musket's (or pistol's) nipple, just put the capper's open end with the cap onto the nipple, and pull the capper off the nipple. The capper's spring then "automatically" pushes another cap into place at its open end, ready for the next cap replacement. It is much easier and faster than digging a cap out of the cap-box on your belt and positioning it just right with your fingertips while you try to fit it onto the gun's nipple. Especially in cold weather when you fingers are numb, or slippery from rain, etc.

    The loop on the capper's other end is just there so you can tie it onto something to prevent losing it.
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    Great explanation of how the capper worked.
    Thanks!

  12. #27
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    Quote Originally Posted by A2coins View Post
    Its a antique Easter egg dipper
    Those would be some "Tiny" eggs A2. A "Capper", never heard of one, never seen one in use in say any film, or Civil War re-enactment, but there it is, just as explained by Cannonballguy, who is a "go to" guy on T-Net for these type of things, and the picture posted by pepperj also really put it out there. As Cannonball pointed out, cold weather, rain etc., and I would add the "fear" in battle, but could this be a POST? Civil War item? I really do not know, but find it interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sprailroad View Post
    Those would be some "Tiny" eggs A2. A "Capper", never heard of one, never seen one in use in say any film, or Civil War re-enactment, but there it is, just as explained by Cannonballguy, who is a "go to" guy on T-Net for these type of things, and the picture posted by pepperj also really put it out there. As Cannonball pointed out, cold weather, rain etc., and I would add the "fear" in battle, but could this be a POST? Civil War item? I really do not know, but find it interesting.
    I would also like to know if the item saw much use in the War, or if it is post war. I would imagine that if it were from the war, it was not military issued but an item individually purchased by a soldier, perhaps from a sutler.
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  14. #29
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    If it's a capper, how do you put caps in it and where do they come out? I'm not seeing it...
    He then explained to me that it was commonly believed that on a certain night of the year…
    a blue flame is seen over any place where treasure has been concealed.

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    I'm guessing it's a button hook - late 19th C. Maybe used by some one-armed CW vet at a reunion camp.

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    He then explained to me that it was commonly believed that on a certain night of the year…
    a blue flame is seen over any place where treasure has been concealed.

    From: Bram Stoker’s "Dracula"


 

 
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