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    A real mystery here!

    I found this item today at my Union camp in west central Mississippi.
    Any ideas? I've never seen anything like this before. Thanks for any assistance.Click image for larger version. 

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    Going by just the one photo you posted, your unknown object looks like it MIGHT be a civil war musket or pistol "percssion-capper"... a device which enabled the soldier to very quickly put a percussion-cap precisely in place onto the musket's nipple. The photos below show some modernday ones.

    But, a photo from you to show us the object's other side could completely cancel my guess.
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ID:	1534223Looks to me like an old button hook. Just a wag.
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    Very interesting piece. I dunno TCG. The way it narrows out like that toward the bottom. And the thingamajig stops at about the halfway point. I'm with you for more pics and info.
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    I just posted up the back side of the relic.
    I found tons of minie balls where this piece was found. It sure looks like it could fit the description of a percussion capper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCannonballGuy View Post
    Going by just the one photo you posted, your unknown object looks like it MIGHT be a civil war musket or pistol "percssion-capper"... a device which enabled the soldier to very quickly put a percussion-cap precisely in place onto the musket's nipple. The photos below show some modernday ones.

    But, a photo from you to show us the object's other side could completely cancel my guess.
    I believe you ID'd it Cannonball Guy. That's an interesting tool. New wrinkle in my brain. I had never heard of one before. Thanks for the education.


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    Thank you so much for helping with the I.d. On this one.
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    Well, at least the education about the civil war musket/pistol percussion-capper device will remain even if I have to cancel my ID guess. The brass object posted by Ripcon has a small knob at the end of a long narrow rectangular slot, as we also see on the percussion-capper. But now that he has posted a "backview" photo, it looks like the knob connects to a stud which holds a long flat piece of brass on the back of the object. That doesn't match up with a percussion-capper. What will tell us yes or no is the fact that a percussion-capper consists mostly of a long square tunnel, whose "business end" is hollow/open on one side, like a roof gutter. (Look closely at that end in the photo of the percussion-capper.) Ripcon, is that end of your object hollow/open, or just a flat piece of metal?
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    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
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCannonballGuy View Post
    Well, at least the education about the civil war musket/pistol percussion-capper device will remain even if I have to cancel my ID guess. The brass object posted by Ripcon has a small knob at the end of a long narrow rectangular slot, as we also see on the percussion-capper. But now that he has posted a "backview" photo, it looks like the knob connects to a stud which holds a long flat piece of brass on the back of the object. That doesn't match up with a percussion-capper. What will tell us yes or no is the fact that a percussion-capper consists mostly of a long square tunnel, whose "business end" is hollow/open on one side, like a roof gutter. (Look closely at that end in the photo of the percussion-capper.) Ripcon, is that end of your object hollow/open, or just a flat piece of metal?
    It's hollow, like a gutter.
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    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.
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    Is the flat end tapered on each side like a screw driver? looks like the cable loop on the end looks is adj. With the slot in the middle, I have no idea what's it far. Thanks for posting.
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    Ripcon, is the loop on the object's end made of brass braided (or spiral-twisted) wire? If so, is it visible in the long rectangular slot on the object's side?
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