Tuesday, 14 April 2009


This strange object was among Uncle Eric’s effects. It is about 1½ inches in diameter. On the outside is a little lever and when you open it up it has a little mechanism which fired caps.

Do you remember caps – those little rolls of tiny gunpowder blobs in a strip of red paper? We used to get them from the local newsagent / tobacconist and fire them in our cap guns. I presume this little device was a substitute for a starting pistol or something of that ilk.


  1. Oh man! We had fun with caps as kids! Thanks for the reminder!
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  2. I certainly do remember caps. I remember the smell in the air after we had fired several.

  3. Oh yes, I remember caps - great fun and I loved smell from them. Warm wishes to you,Vxx


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