May 29, 2005, 02:57 AM
I don't claim to know much about 1800's era handguns, so I don't even know where to go with this one.
Somebody emailed me with a photo, and just this description: Kadet Savannah Tenn.
Here's the photo. Any ideas on where else to look?
May 29, 2005, 03:08 PM
Let's try the photo again. It's pretty lousy quality.
May 29, 2005, 05:31 PM
It's hard to tell from the photograph, but what I see doesn't look like 19th century workmanship. I think it may be a recent import, intended to be a wall-hanger, and the marking refers to an importer. I would try a search on "Savannah, TN" and "Kadet" see what turns up.
May 29, 2005, 06:58 PM
It doesn't even look like a real gun or anything that was ever intended to actually shoot. I think Old Fuff is right, as usual, and it is some kind of decorator "gun" like those sold to restaurants and bars to provide a "motif."
May 30, 2005, 08:12 AM
I found this manufacturer in Savannah Tenn.
May 30, 2005, 10:43 PM
IMHO, I agree that it is probably a toy. Looking at the hammer, there is no place for a cap nor a clamp for flint or match. Searching through the mental archives (blow off the dust...) I think I had one of these when I was a kid...