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Civil War Artillery Gunner's Pincers (SOLD)

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This is another nice item being offered, it is a Civil War Gunners Pincers. They are hand-forged and measure 9 3/4" long. Pincers were an important tool used during the Civil War by artillerymen to work on shells and their sabots. There are some very light crude raised lettering on the handle which appears to read in part "Meadville Pa". Meadville was the first permanent settlement in northwest Pennsylvania. In The Civil War Collectors Encyclopedia, by Francis Lord, he states under Gunners Pincers "If the obstruction in the vent projected beyond the surface of the gun, or had a head, it could be withdrawn with the gunner's pincers, which were made of iron with steel jaws". 

In my books "Civil War Artillery - A Pictorial Introduction" and "Battle of Gettysburg - The Relics, Artifacts & Souvenirs", I have a similar pair pictured which was recovered at Gettysburg (see pictures). There are also examples in Civil War Relics of the Western Campaigns 1861-1865, by Charles Harris and in Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields and Campsites of the Civil War, by Stanley Phillips. These pincers are crudely hand-forged and obviously very old, however they still work and would make a great addition to an Artillery collection.



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