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    Definitely not marbles!!

    So I was out in the garage where all the junk is stored, looking for eyepieces for my telescope (we've got a full solar eclipse coming through next year) when I came across a box I hadn't looked at before. Digging through until I got to the bottom and I find package after package of cap guns. Yes, along with everything else I collected, I collected cap guns.

    Most of what I looked at were 1930's or later, but these three are the earliest. I'm certain on the first two are J. E. Stevens cap guns (1843 until about 1943) and the "S" on the third makes me think it's also a Stevens.

    #1 is a 1900 'OK' gun, #2 is a 1923 'GEM' and #3 is probably an early 1900's Kid.


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    Very, very cool.

    I spent a while looking at a lot of cap guns a few years ago, back when I was rounding up some Hopalong Cassidy stuff (WWHD?), but decided that unfortunately I couldn't afford to collect them. Sigh. Still liked them, though.
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    Re: Definitely not marbles!!

    Quote Originally Posted by ann View Post
    Very, very cool.

    I spent a while looking at a lot of cap guns a few years ago, back when I was rounding up some Hopalong Cassidy stuff (WWHD?), but decided that unfortunately I couldn't afford to collect them. Sigh. Still liked them, though.
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    Yes, they can be, especially these early cast iron guns. I don't know what I paid for it originally, but there are two of the top one up on ebay with BIN on both of $125. Most of the early stuff I have seems to be going in the $30-$50 range. Need to figure a way to get some of the surface rust off without hurting patina. No real pitting, but a few of the pieces I've found were just wrapped in bubblewrap in an unheated garage. These three came out of sealed ziplocks and I still got a bit of rust on them.

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    Re: Definitely not marbles!!

    Cool. Now, I have to look at guns.

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    Re: Definitely not marbles!!

    Quote Originally Posted by jayne View Post
    Cool. Now, I have to look at guns.
    Had a feeling this would happen!!

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    DO NOT TRY TO CLEAN THEM! That will certainly hurt their value
    Ebay username: sclsuindustries

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    Quote Originally Posted by sclsu View Post
    DO NOT TRY TO CLEAN THEM! That will certainly hurt their value
    Oh yeah... I know. I was hoping that folks might have some non-destructive advice. I've got a Gene Autry long barrel cap gun (1938) that's pretty bad.

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    Here is my non-destructive advice, let me know what kind of trade you would want to make for them. I just found a nice piece of akro ware and some new marbles
    Ebay username: sclsuindustries

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    Quote Originally Posted by sclsu View Post
    Here is my non-destructive advice, let me know what kind of trade you would want to make for them. I just found a nice piece of akro ware and some new marbles
    Thanks Sean... I'll keep you in mind. I really need to dig out all the boxes hiding behind the travel trailer. I know I had more cap guns than what I found so far and I'm still missing marbles that I have photos of from 10+ years ago.


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    Re: Definitely not marbles!!

    Jerry, are you saying you lost your marbles?

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    Re: Definitely not marbles!!

    Quote Originally Posted by jayne View Post
    Jerry, are you saying you lost your marbles?
    Just some of my marbles...

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    Re: Definitely not marbles!!

    Ok... What the heck is going on with orange plugs in cap guns??? Have we really gotten to the point where obviously antique toys need to be "disabled"?

    End of Rant.

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    I think he was.


    And Jerry -- Let me know if you find a Hopalong Cassidy cap gun . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by ann View Post
    And Jerry -- Let me know if you find a Hopalong Cassidy cap gun . . .
    Cr@p... Do I need another collection? Ok, so I did just pick up a nearly mint 1930's KIlgore gun... I'll keep my eyes out just for you.

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