I agree with c3shooter. The barrel of the weapon seems a little too long for a ladies purse. I think it is a percussion unit also. I would guess it was a gentlemans easily concealed weapon.Similar weapons were handed into my local Police stn, when we had a gun amnesty, and no action would be taken against folk who illegaly held these weapons.
As for where It was found, don't believe what you found, came from there.
I collect found items from the Roman times in the U.K. I was metal detecting in a field, far, far away from any known Roman settlement, and found a silver Roman coin, many miles away from the nearest Roman areas, I also found Anglo Romano, and Samian ware pottery, I also found Elizabethan, and Georgeon coins on the same site. I can only guess that there may have been a Roman settlement near a road, and Elizabethan and Georgeon travellers used the same road, and may have stayed at a building built on the same site as the Roman settlement, and so it goes on, heck, thinking about it, I too may have dropped a coin in the field, about a year ago whilst detecting, and so it goes on.
Was this rellic found on/near a known settlement, or road. I think a little more intell is needed on this.
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Last edited by jungleman; 04-18-2011 at 10:05 AM.