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Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have a squirt gun from the 1890s. I looked into it and this USA Liquid Pistol was marketed for self-defense. The patent paperwork mentions the use of any liquid, but especially ammonia. As seen on the box behind it, it is to be used in defense against any “dog (or man).”

“Cast iron with nickel finish. The left side is marked “USA/ LIQUID/ PISTOL” with “PATD/ JUNE 30/ 1896” on the right side. The grips are integral to the pistol and are checkered. Complete with box that contains directions for use in the lid and advertising flier.

Rock Island Auction Company”
Lot 582: Two Pistols [Photograph found in Auction Catalog #49, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved July 16, 2021, from Two Pistols -A) U.S.A. Liquid Pistol with Original Box and Paper | Rock Island Auction

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