new here and have a question

Discussion in 'Curio & Relic Discussion' started by cbm, Feb 8, 2010.

  1. cbm

    cbm New Member

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    I joined just to ask this.
    Years and years ago... probably 30 years back I'd say, when I was a young girl, my parents cut down some bushes in front of their house.
    I was out there, helping drag the cut bushes away, and I spotted something on the ground where those bushes had been. I picked it up, and assumed I had found a toy gun. It was very rusty. Parts were missing from it as well, but for some reason I couldn't throw it away. I was told later that it is in fact, a real gun.
    I still have it, and wondered if anyone here could tell me what it is. i have a couple of pics...
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    Thank you for any info you can share with me, it's been a mystery for several years (decades, even!) now.
    Susan.
     
  2. Davyboy

    Davyboy New Member

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    Old Revolver

    It is an old spur trigger revolver from around 1880 or so.
    Not able to give you any more details due to condition.
    It would originally looked something like this.
     

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  3. cbm

    cbm New Member

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    1880? really? how fascinating! thanks so much :)
     
  4. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    If only that old pistol could speak, huh? ;)
     
  5. cbm

    cbm New Member

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    I know! there's no way i could ever find out it's history... but i think it's very cool! :D
     
  6. TheOldMan

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    Hey Susan...

    There might just be a way to track it's history if you can gleen off any markings and discover who manufactured the gun originally. I cannot see your pictures here on my work computer but if you could post any markings that you've found on it I could do a little research for you..
     
  7. Davyboy

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    history

    Hi Oldman,

    I think you may smile when you do see the pictures. Looks like it has spent most of its life under ground. Condition resembles a first world trenchfind.
    However watched a program once were some sort of Xray was used to read markings on a rifle dumped in the sea 20 years previously. If you would like to take it this far Susan let me know and I will do some further research.
     
  8. Johnny357

    Johnny357 New Member

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    Interesting find! Was the hammer locked back like that when you found it? Or did you pull it back while fiddling with it?
     
  9. cbm

    cbm New Member

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    i've looked it over, there are no visible markings left on it. my parents have owned their house for probably 50 years and those bushes were mature when they moved there, Mom said. thank you for the offer to look up any markings, i probably won't take it so far as to try to x-ray it.
    the hammer was locked back when i found it, it is rusted solidly back.
    i just think it's fascinating to know how old it is! it has a place of honor in a collection of old, found items in my kitchen window. :)
     
  10. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Johnny357 New Member

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    I think the fact that the hammer was locked back is very interesting, like the owner was shot before they could fire it. You might check with the local paper, maybe their archives would have any stories about somebody getting shot near the location you found it?
     
  12. TheOldMan

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    LOL I see what you mean. Not much to work off of. Interesting that it was found with the hammer back as already mentioned.
     
  13. cbm

    cbm New Member

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    i never thought about this... i wonder... if so, will they take my 'relic' from me?
     
  14. TheOldMan

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    Although there is no statute of limitations for murder, I'd venture to say you and your relic would be safe. Interesting to think that it may have been the demise of the owner that put the weapon under the bushes like that.