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At the bottom of the mysterious trunk full of old photos, slides and papers, there was a gun.

The story is that this handgun was carried by my grandmother's uncle, Paul Bouton, while he was in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. "He was a commercial agent, on the wrong side" is my father Willard's explanation.

It's an Iver Johnson Owl Head Pistol, and from what I read it was a rather cheap kind of gun, which would explain both why someone from Connecticut would have bought it and why it was just left lying around loose in a box for 100 years slowly rusting away.

Here's a story for background:

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Taken on December 25, 2009