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A piece of history

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by foxfire, Mar 9, 2007.

  1. foxfire

    foxfire New Member

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    I want to share with you pictures of an Austrian made pistol (non firing) that my great grandfather, E.A.Barnes, carried on his pocket watch chain. The barrel is 6 sided and bored out. In the pictures it looks gold but is of a silver color. On the top of the barrel it is stamped AUSTRIA. That's all the markings I can find on it. My grandfather was a special agent on the MKT Railroad for 25 years or more. His father was captain A.B.Barnes of the Confederate Army. Caught by the yankees and escaped in a pickel barrel (all documented in Austin Texas). Enjoy

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  2. wonderwhippet

    wonderwhippet Active Member

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    This little pistol has been manufactured for at least 70 years in Europe and in Japan. They came in two versions, one firing blanks only and one firing a tiny pellet. They were sold by mail order in the Johnson Smith catalog (anyone old enough to remember that?) for as little as $1.95. I have a couple of them in my collection, including some brand new ones with a small supply of ammo. I think that today they could bring around $50.00 or so.
  3. foxfire

    foxfire New Member

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    Wow, Wonder whippet. You just blew me away with that information. Thankyou for giving me a boost in the sentimental department.
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