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I thought I had seen most variants of these simple cleaning devices until I came across these two 12 and 20 gauge at a local table top sale. Firstly the bristles on each are the real thing not plastic but more intriguing the drop weights for their size felt heavier than expected and looking closer at the metal I thought at the time was Lead, hence their weighty feel.
The price being asked was £2 each so for a couple of vintage pull trough's a very low price so I purchased the two and put them in a pocket. I did forget about them until I put the jacket on again a week later, so on the bench they went for a more detailed examination especially those drop weights. I first thought they where Lead but turned out to be Pewter also I was sure I could see a fine joint line so out came the plastic jawed pliers for an exploratory pull and a twist because they would not give anything away using hand force. The 12 gauge was the first one to give way and open spilling oil out, obvious now each where oil bottles, and unfortunately they do not carry a makers name though interesting all the same.





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Those old accessories are lots of fun. I have a shoebox full of period accessories. My wife cannot figure out why, and I can't fully explain it to myself. They are just fun.

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Mostly "push throughs"

Cleaners in the 1892 “Sportsman’s Directory”: Ferris, Tomlinson, Epop, Budd-Eason
https://books.google.com/books?id=AEM9AAAAYAAJ&pg=PR8&lpg



August 12, 1899
http://library.la84.org/SportsLibrary/SportingLife/1899/VOL_33_NO_21/SL3321013.pdf
The Tomlinson cleaner for shotguns, manufactured by I.J. Tomlinson, 106 Courtland Street, Syracuse, N. Y., is a most valuable article for users of the shot gun. It is a thorough lead remover and will not injure the finest gun barrel. It will keep the gun from rusting and pitting. It will fit any cleaning rod, and is easy to use. A neat catalogue issued by the above manufacturer will be mailed free on application.

March 31, 1900
http://library.la84.org/SportsLibrary/SportingLife/1900/VOL_35_NO_02/SL3502013.pdf
C. E. Tomlinson, Syracuse, N. Y., maker of the Tomlinson gun cleaner, is having a good trade this season and his capacity is pushed to the limit. Last season he sold over 20,000 of the gun cleaners and the best of satisfaction was given; The price of the cleaner is $1.00 sent post paid to any part of the world.
It is guaranteed to remove rust and lead without injuring the barrels.

Tomlinson was competing with the Lefever-Singer cleaner
http://library.la84.org/SportsLibrary/SportingLife/1899/VOL_32_NO_24/SL3224015.pdf
http://library.la84.org/SportsLibrary/SportingLife/1900/VOL_35_NO_23/SL3523013.pdf
Later just the Lefever cleaner
http://library.la84.org/SportsLibrary/SportingLife/1904/VOL_44_NO_04/SL4404021.pdf

Chamberlin Cartridge "Blue Rock" cleaner
http://library.la84.org/SportsLibrary/SportingLife/1901/VOL_36_NO_20/SL3620013.pdf
http://library.la84.org/SportsLibrary/SportingLife/1901/VOL_36_NO_23/SL3623014.pdf

Chan M. Powers brass cleaning rod by Faries Mfg.
http://library.la84.org/SportsLibrary/SportingLife/1896/VOL_27_NO_10/SL2710022.pdf
"Chan" Powers has a patent gun cleaner that is a dandy. It is a gun cleaner, screw driver and oil can all combined.

Bridgeport Gun Implement Co. Budd-Petmecky cleaner
http://library.la84.org/SportsLibrary/SportingLife/1895/VOL_25_NO_24/SL2524020.pdf

Marble’s Shot Gun Cleaner 1921
http://books.google.com/books?id=CrQhAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA48&lpg




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When I was entrusted with my 1st gun, a Stevens Model 94Y .410, I used a length of heavy string with a lead fishing weight on one end and a loop on the other. Pieces of t-shirt stuck in the loop provided patches for the pull through. The first were soaked with Hoppes #9, and then dry until they ran clean, finally with sewing machine oil.

Still use pretty much the same regime now...Geo

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Neat finds and a bargain to boot. I have one similar in 12 bore. I've recently started visiting local car boot sales and come up with some interesting finds to do with shooting and fishing stuff. Worth the effort and fun looking too. Lagopus.....


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