As promised - Here is the revolver after 14 days of cooking

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It looks like there are 5 balls still in the cylinder, but the chambers are empty otherwise. Is that a bit odd?
The bluish/white shininess you see is uncured preservation solution.

The oblong thing that I originally thought was a big pocket knife turned out to be an old glasses case.
It was in the hot pot for the same amount of time.

The first photo is the revolver as found. The last four are of the glasses case.
 

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Peyton Manning

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Can you link original thread?
I’d like to read the story of discovery
 
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Can you link original thread?
I’d like to read the story of discovery
 

Peyton Manning

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Thanks, that’s a great site
 

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pretty sure the OP means electrolysis...
 

Brian C.

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It looks like there are 5 balls still in the cylinder, but the chambers are empty otherwise. Is that a bit odd?
The bluish/white shininess you see is uncured preservation solution.

The oblong thing that I originally thought was a big pocket knife turned out to be an old glasses case.
It was in the hot pot for the same amount of time.

The first photo is the revolver as found. The last four are of the glasses case.
Looks darn good, thanks for sharing.
 

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It looks like there are 5 balls still in the cylinder, but the chambers are empty otherwise. Is that a bit odd?
The bluish/white shininess you see is uncured preservation solution.

The oblong thing that I originally thought was a big pocket knife turned out to be an old glasses case.
It was in the hot pot for the same amount of time.

The first photo is the revolver as found. The last four are of the glasses case.
Well done on the cook, looks great.
 

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It looks like there are 5 balls still in the cylinder, but the chambers are empty otherwise. Is that a bit odd?
The bluish/white shininess you see is uncured preservation solution.

The oblong thing that I originally thought was a big pocket knife turned out to be an old glasses case.
It was in the hot pot for the same amount of time.

The first photo is the revolver as found. The last four are of the glasses case.
Cool!!! Congrats!!!
 

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Very nice! The powder was loose behind the ball (no cartridge) and sealed over with animal fat or grease....once the grease decayed the powder was lost....outstanding "cooking" job!
 

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great salvage job!
More meat left than I would have expected.

We can't see the rear of the cylinder to see if any nipples survived.
Blackpowder is hydroscopic , it sucks up moisture given the chance , and is corrosive.
If corrosion it may has been dissipated by your cleaning method and "evaporated".
Nitrate is part of the ingredients. And could nibble away at metal during it's long rest .

The balls are seated near flush with the end of the cylinder. It would be difficult (though not impossible ) to seat them uniformly like that without powder under them.

Wads could be used to fill voids of squib loads. Or for other reason. Cornstarch too. That gets the bullet/ball near flush up front , vs greatly recessed.
As mentioned , grease lard ect. spread over the loaded chambers face reduced the odds of chain fires.
 

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It looks like there are 5 balls still in the cylinder, but the chambers are empty otherwise. Is that a bit odd?
The bluish/white shininess you see is uncured preservation solution.

The oblong thing that I originally thought was a big pocket knife turned out to be an old glasses case.
It was in the hot pot for the same amount of time.

The first photo is the revolver as found. The last four are of the glasses case.
great job on that restoration, well done indeed
 

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There was only 5 balls in the cylinder because the old timers didn't want the hammer resting on a loaded cylinder. If dropped or bumped hard it go off unexpectedly. This practice is still used today with some single action cartridge six guns. Nice job on the recovery, and on the cleanup.
 

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