I am a volunteer at the Halifax Citadel Army Museum in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We have a device that we are unable to identify and were wondering if you might be so kind as to view the attached photographs and give us your thoughts. The device in question is steel, has brass trunnions, (located closer to the muzzle than the breech), and a threaded brass breech cap that appears to have a central firing pin. The barrel is rifled and does not appear to have had it’s length altered. The overall length of the device, when assembled, is approximately 936 mm.
There are only two markings which we have identified to date, the first appears to be the number “7” over the letter “G”, on top of the barrel close to the breech. The second appears to be a stamped “IXXX” on the top portion of the brass trunnion. Both of these markings are evident in the attached photographs.
The device also includes a vegetable tanned leather case that appears to be missing its top closure portion. The case is fastened together with copper rivets.
Thank you for taking the time to review this E-mail, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at home or through the Museum.
Brian Delo – Volunteer
Halifax Citadel Army Museum
Keeper of Military Arms