US Navy Gunnery Accessories

The wooden tompion, on the left, was used to plug the muzzle of a 9 inch (229mm) gun when not in use, its prime function being to keep out corrosive sea-spray. As was customary, the face of the tompion has been painted, in this case red, with the ring-pull backed by a Union star; both are made of brass, and would have been highly polished during the war, The leather pass-box (right), with strap and lid, was used to carry the projectile from the magazine or ready-use rack to the gun.

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