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Old 09-12-2021, 12:39 AM
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Default Not sure about this little pistol.

Found at an old home site. House was probably there from 1870 to ???? Cow pasture now. No modern trash. No cans, bottle caps, pull tabs or foil.

Not a single coin at the site. The Merc dime is just for size reference. These were poor farmers living in the middle of nowhere.

The pistol is heavy. It's harder than lead, so it is probably alloyed with tin. I found two comparisons on the internet, but I don't have faith in either. One had it listed as a pipe tamper, the other as a candy topper (with question marks). I think it would make a poor pipe tamper because the butt is hollow. I do not understand the candy topper reference.

I'm betting that somebody in the forum can give me a positive i.d.
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Old 09-12-2021, 09:14 AM
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I think it's a little squirt gun. There was a rubber bulb that attached to the butt of the pistol. I've seen it somewhere before. Here's a similar one:
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Old 09-12-2021, 11:01 AM
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DougF is correct. It is a mini squirt gun. I found one very much like it last year on a 1900 era homesite. Best info I have found indicates 1930s vintage . Cool find!
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Nice find. I think itís amazing that the thread was started in middle of the night and the find was IDed a few hours later. Great job by poster and the IDer.
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Cool find for sure
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Old 09-12-2021, 03:01 PM
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Interesting, have never seen one before.

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Old 09-12-2021, 04:31 PM
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Interesting, have never seen one before.
Very cool find!
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What a great kids toy!

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Old 09-12-2021, 10:23 PM
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Thanks to DougF and MTtrashdigger for the identification, and to the others for your replies.

Hunting some of these poor farmstead sites can be a bit demoralizing. Finding a toy, or even a fragment of a toy, always changes how I feel about the site. This little pistol made my day.

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Good ID Doug. Very cool toy.

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Old 09-13-2021, 09:31 AM
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It is a cool find.
Will a bulb off of a cheap manual blood pressure fit it?
It would be neat to make it functional again.
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Old 09-13-2021, 10:42 AM
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that or bulb off kitchen liquid baster or large syringe. i have several little "Squirt Guns"

cool find.. what makes this so fun!

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