Iron Gunner's Gimlet

This excavated iron gunner's gimlet was recovered from the area of Uniontown, MD.  It is in good solid condition but is missing a small portion of its tip.  Gimlets were used to remove broken friction primers or other obstructions from the vent of a tube. An example of an excavated candle holder, just like this one, can be found pictured in the relic reference book "Civil War Artifacts" by Howard Crouch on page 118, item #4 and also in Stanley S. Phillip's book "Excavated Artifacts From Battlefields and Campsites of The Civil War Supplement One" on page 33 as item #2.  It measures approximately .2 inch (rod diameter), 2-1/8 inches (handle length) and 2-7/8 inches (overall length).  This artillery punch will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery, battlefield, or general relic collection.  Also, be sure to click on this Uniontown link to find out what occurred there in June of 1863.



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