We had a great time at the Baltimore Antique Arms Show! Our collection now has a fantastic artillery sponge/rammer and worm for the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum‘s Civil War James gun.
This set has its original paint and appears to have been actually used in the field to load and swab the bore of a 6-pounder cannon. It comes from the Valley Forge Historical Society, having been acquired by them in the 1910s. The collection at that time was said to have come from Antietam and Gettysburg; both not too far from Valley Forge. It’s amazing that the lambs wool (or carpet?) still remains on the sponge head! This is extremely rare! Book a tour to see this exciting piece.