X-ray images of the gun we found

Hi everyone,

Remember the gun that we found in the boating lake deposits during the Whitworth Park dig? It was so heavily corroded it was difficult to make out it’s precise shape let alone any maker’s marks.Well here are the X-ray images that National Museums Liverpool kindly produced of them in advance of our exhibition!

Whitworth Park Gun image 3 Whitworth Park Gun image 5

There has been much speculation about the gun, ranging from it being a child’s toy gun (the cap or pop variety), to a small Derringer Pistol (often seen as a ‘lady’s gun’ or ‘muff pistol’, as it could be hidden in a hand muff, a popular clothing accessory with Victorian and Edwardian women). Since then it has also been suggested that the gun might be a starting pistol, which would be interesting in terms of sporting activities in the park. We currently have an expert from Edinburgh Museum of Childhood looking at it along with the WP toys. But if you have any ideas let us know!


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