PDA

View Full Version : "Antique" cap tin


McPhee
December 8, 2010, 07:57 PM
I bought a display case for one of my bp pistols. I put in the pistol, wads, balls and a powder flask. I would like to add a "antique" looking container for caps. I have seen some in pictures on various BP forums that look good.

I don't want to pay an arm and leg for a genuine tin, just something to look old. I thought about taking a new cap container and trying to make it look old.

Any ideas?

Pahoo
December 8, 2010, 08:05 PM
Can you be more specific by showing us a picture. I ask because I might have some. Most are for #11 but come are Musket. I just picked these up along the way. Caps are not included.



Be Safe !!!

McPhee
December 8, 2010, 08:17 PM
These images show what I wanted to find or make for a container.

zippy13
December 8, 2010, 09:08 PM
How about weathering a CCI tin and then adding a matching little nob/pull to the lid?

Hardy
December 8, 2010, 10:04 PM
What about the colt 2n'd 3rd gen w/ green label that came with them. Of course they aren't tin or old. just a suggestion

Hardcase
December 8, 2010, 11:18 PM
Try scrubbing all the finish off of a modern tin, then paint it with some shellac with a little lamp black mixed in. Once it dries, get after it a bit with some fine sandpaper around the edges - not much, just a little brush to thin the finish a little.

You'll end up with something that looks like a tin box that's been around for a hundred and fifty years old or so.

Fingers McGee
December 8, 2010, 11:46 PM
Try scrubbing all the finish off of a modern tin, then paint it with some shellac with a little lamp black mixed in. Once it dries, get after it a bit with some fine sandpaper around the edges - not much, just a little brush to thin the finish a little.

You'll end up with something that looks like a tin box that's been around for a hundred and fifty years old or so.

You dont have to go that far. Just get out you handy dandy propane torch and burn the paint off. It'll look like a 100 year old cap tin in about 5 minutes. You can then paste a repro label offn your printer on the top.

FM

zippy13
December 9, 2010, 04:11 AM
…get out your handy dandy propane torch and burn the paint off. It'll look like a 100 year old cap tin in about 5 minutes.
That's a lot easier that the acid dip I was thinking about for a weathered look, thanks Fingers.

junkman_01
December 9, 2010, 08:05 AM
Make sure you take the caps out of it BEFORE applying the torch! :eek:

Missoura Don
December 9, 2010, 08:21 AM
Hey Fingers...I been lookin up old forums tryin to find those print outs...Any idea where I might find em?....thanks

madcratebuilder
December 9, 2010, 08:32 AM
McGee's method works very well indeed.

I think this shop sells repro tins that look pretty good, they can be aged and look great.

http://www.blockaderunner.com/

You can find originals on evil bay, I haven't check prices for a while, at one time they were under $20, probably not anymore.

This is a salesman's sample
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d37/madcratebuilder/eley001.jpg
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d37/madcratebuilder/eley002.jpg

Some I've picked up off evil bay.
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d37/madcratebuilder/eleycaps.jpg

repro cap tin
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d37/madcratebuilder/texpaterson01.jpg

McPhee
December 9, 2010, 09:20 AM
Great ideas....I have several new "tins" and will try the torch technique first. Buying one is an option but after having two bad experiences with Evil Bay I think I would pass on that one.

Thanks to all that responded

Rifleman1776
December 9, 2010, 09:20 AM
Reproductions like the one in your second picture are available from Ted Cash company. http://www.tdcmfg.com/

madcratebuilder: Great collection.

Fingers McGee
December 9, 2010, 01:19 PM
Try these for labels:

http://www.dbappdev.com/vpp/PeriodLabels/amolabels.htm

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=275301

http://www.peterdyson.co.uk/acatalog/CAP_TINS.html

http://www.flintlockguns.talktalk.net/trade%20labels.htm

http://www.peterdyson.co.uk/acatalog/ORIGINAL_TOOLS___ACCESSORIES.html

There are loads of them out there

FM

mrappe
December 9, 2010, 02:48 PM
TO: OP

Where did you get the display box?

McPhee
December 10, 2010, 07:44 PM
I used a torch as Fingers suggested. And found the labels from the links he provided. Worked like a charm. I used the torch on a CCI tin and a bit of steel wool.

Thanks, Fingers as well as all of the others who provided suggestions. Great forum to learn from.

http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii114/McPhee1234/Ely1.jpg
http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii114/McPhee1234/Ely2.jpg
http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii114/McPhee1234/Ely3.jpg

4V50 Gary
December 10, 2010, 10:51 PM
I also learn a lot from you guys. Thanks.

Fingers McGee
December 10, 2010, 11:49 PM
Glad to be of service McPhee. Your new 'antique' cap tin looks great. Now you need a bullet mold to complete the set.

FM

zippy13
December 11, 2010, 02:25 AM
McFee,
Looks great! You used the same label I downloaded. Next, to complete the illusion, find a quill and letter a 10 in the blank space provided. :)