Hope this isnt what it looks like!

jhamner

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Hope this isn't what it looks like!

I was going through some old MD'ing finds today and ran across this old item. It appears to screw into something at one end and the other looks like the back of a center fire cartridge. Embossed on the shaft is either 40 sec. or 40 s & c. It looks to me like some kind of percussion fuse, but I HOPE I am wrong! Don't quite know how to dispose of it if that's what it is, but until I find out, I will be handling it very gingerly!. Maybe just something harmless--I hope so! Thanks and please let me know if you can identify!
 

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Can't tell you what it is but I can relieve your worry by saying with 100% certainty that it is not a fuze for an artillery shell or any other explosive device.
 

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Can't tell you what it is but I can relieve your worry by saying with 100% certainty that it is not a fuze for an artillery shell or any other explosive device.


Hallelujah!!! (or however you spell it!) Thank you SO MUCH!--I was pretty worried, even though it is extremely small for any sort of fuse I still wasn't sure! Thanks again! (and "Amen" to your quote!)
 

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I will tell you I AM JOKING first before I say this, hit it with a hammer and tell us the results.It does seem to have a primer at the end. Cannonball guy is who you should PM and ask if it has anything to do with cannonballs or old munitions.
 

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I will tell you I AM JOKING first before I say this, hit it with a hammer and tell us the results.It does seem to have a primer at the end. Cannonball guy is who you should PM and ask if it has anything to do with cannonballs or old munitions.

I was typing when he answered you.LOL
 

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lookalike a stud like the studs on a car for your wheels but something older?
 

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I will tell you I AM JOKING first before I say this, hit it with a hammer and tell us the results.It does seem to have a primer at the end. Cannonball guy is who you should PM and ask if it has anything to do with cannonballs or old munitions.
Thanks for your post just the same!
P.S. As soon as I can retrieve the hammer from out of the ceiling joists, I will be back in business!
 

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with the knurled end it might be a winding type of key for a clock or something of that sort.
 

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I will tell you I AM JOKING first before I say this, hit it with a hammer and tell us the results.It does seem to have a primer at the end. Cannonball guy is who you should PM and ask if it has anything to do with cannonballs or old munitions.
Thanks so much for your post. By the way, how do you get a hammer dislodged from ceiling joists?
 

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More I look at it Im thinking a screw in leg for something last thought sorry just winter boredom
 

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Thanks to all who offered suggestions--time constraints don't allow me to answer each of you individually, but sincere thanks to all!
 

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