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  1. #31
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    Very good guess there, Callicles. The percussion-capper was indeed a privately purchased item, meaning, bought by the soldier (usually from a sutler), not issued to him by the army. The capper was from the civil war era, but fell out of favor when metal bullet cartridges with a self-contained primer cap replaced the external percussion-cap system very soon after the war ended. I have a vague recollection of seeing a US Patent diagram of one, with a civil war era date, looong ago.
    "Let The Christ be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out."

  2. #32
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    I forgot to post this earlier... having examined the new photos, I'm sure that the object is definitely not a percussion-capper. The brass body tapering near one end excludes it from being a capper, which (necessarily) had parallel sides, as the capper photos show. I initially thought maybe that end had been crushed, but it doesn't seem to be crushed in the new closeup photos.

    The object MIGHT be a buttonhook... but if so, based on comparing the loop's size with Ripcon's fingernails, it is for use only on really small buttons.
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    "Let The Christ be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out."

  3. #33
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    Tweezers
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    VaMetalMan

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    Quote Originally Posted by NOLA_Ken View Post
    When I first looked I thought "capper" as well.... but I'm not so sure now. My second thought is a small pocket scale, like a fisherman's scale type thing
    I was thinking small fishing scale also. Just guessing though. Cool find.
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    Maybe it's a civil war era button hook?

  6. #36
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ripcon View Post
    Maybe it's a civil war era button hook?
    I can't find one exactly like it, but I think it is a shoe button hook. Likely post CW when everybody had buttons on their shoes (1880's to 1910's?). I did find several 'telescoping' hooks and others that used a loop fastener instead of a hook, but not one that was both like your relic. Some had a ring on the non-business end to attach to a chatelaine or watch chain.
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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"


  7. #37
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    Telescoping shoe button hook.

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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"


  8. #38
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    I suppose a button hook is the most probable. However, most of the “hooking parts” are a bit different. Ripcon’s is more rounded. Most are not telescopic like the one posted above, but evidently some were.

    Could it be be some sort of medical mirror - kinda like dentists use? Something like this :
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  9. #39

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    I don't know but I like it!!.....Bonz
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    Anybody out there familiar enough with civil war period medical or dental instruments that could take a stab at this?

  11. #41
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    Thought capper as well but with the new pic's could it be some sort of adjustable pendulum.
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  12. #42
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    Bingo!!! I bet that’s it!!!

  13. #43

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    That's certainly a possibility.

  14. #44
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    Looks almost like a thin bladed utility knife. I don't know much about how the old cannons crews worked but maybe it was used to cut fuse Another item for me to research.

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    sprailroad

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    Still a mystery item!

 

 
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