Percussion pocket pistol.

#1
I may have posted this before in the distant past. I can't remember.

Anyway, if answers were forthcoming I don't know what they were!

So does anyone know what this is or is a replica of?

I'd always assumed it was just a novelty cap gun in the style of a 2turn off" percussion pocket pistol. It will be evident from the photographs that the flash from the cap would have to go through the small hole underneath the thread and than pass through the threads to set off the charge. Can't see that working somehow!

However, I did once see a picture of an identical item described as a "Remington pocket pistol" in an auction catalogue at Scotarms. It was described as S58(2) indicating an original antique.

Confused? I was.
 

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#2
It is indeed a cap gun made in the style of a boxlock pocket pistol with a turn-off barrel. On the real thing the threaded bit you can see would be a bit shorter and be hollow to allow a powder charge and ball to be seated before the barrel was screwed back on. The nipple is actually screwed directly into the chamber.

In most cases the barrel had a lug on the outside to help screw the barrel back on using a key, others used keys fitting into the muzzle.
 

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