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#404563 05/25/15 06:46 AM
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The season is spring on this side of the pond and time for me to sort through the multitude of boxes that clutter my workshop and a wooden out building or two. In one of the boxes I came across the item in the picture. Now before those of you with very fertile imaginations try to insert the battery into the larger object and come up with an adult toy the battery is there for size comparison. The battery is “AA” the other item is far older than any modern battery and started life approximately one hundred years ago, its function in life was used to prevent a very typical British problem. These items where supplied in boxes of a dozen I believe, sold by gun makers to large estates, and this is the only one I have personally known about or seen in the flesh so to speak, so any of you folks over on the other side of the pond any ideas…….
What it is?
Who made it?
And the big big question what gun maker retailed it?
I will post the answer in a couple of days’ time.




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damascus #404565 05/25/15 07:52 AM
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Looks like a wad rammer for reloading. Especially the French used these wood tools. I have seen them, and own some, in about 10 gauges. Some are marked with the gauge number and some in millimeters.

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1) used to beat your loader if he couldn't keep up with your shooting?
2) relieve constipation while in the field?
3) knock out a barrel obstruction?
Jeff


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damascus #404573 05/25/15 08:47 AM
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I don't want to ruin the game!

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damascus #404575 05/25/15 08:56 AM
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It's a rolling pin for a one armed baker used to roll the dough for crumpets served at afternoon tea:)


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Every one who has fished for salmon should recognize this. It's a fish bonker!

damascus #404578 05/25/15 09:16 AM
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its not a priest (or fish bonker)


a wild guess-

i have seen similar things (but slightly different) for muzzleloading fowlers - called a tampion - meant to protect the muzzle and keep the bore clean in the rack

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A bird or rabbit bonker.

damascus #404586 05/25/15 10:33 AM
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It's obviously a tool used to push the meat down into your grinder when you're making Homemade Sausage.

Or, it's a Belaying Pin for a small sailboat.

Last edited by Ken61; 05/25/15 10:34 AM.

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Since Britain banned firearms for personal protection, this is the latest self defense tool on their ban list.


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