This brass percussion box lock boot pistol barrel was recovered in the area of Staunton, VA. It has an octagon shape with a cannon style muzzle and its brass construction has aged into a light green patina. Within a small oval circle on one side of the frame are the letters "ELG" and a small star, which is the proof mark for the Liege Gun Works of Belgium. Just above the proof mark is the stamped letter "V" just under a stamped crown. The barrel's overall length measures approximately 4-1/8 inches. The diameter of the barrel opening at the muzzle is approximately .376 inch. Similar examples can be found pictured in Stanley S. Phillip's book "Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields and Campsites of The Civil War Supplement One" on page 87 as items 6 & 8. This boot pistol barrel will be an excellent addition to any excavated weapon or general relic collection.
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