Nice pic, thanks for sharing that. Alls we found on our property was OLD whisky bottles and "Health elixir"- small bottles once containing "Tincture of Opium" (good for anything that ails ya)...
Curious as to the part of the country your relic was found- has to have been in the ground for some while. Old battle field? Drunk wondering home, loses pistol? Galloping around and it fell from someone's belt? Someone throw it to be rid of incriminating evidence? As you said, too bad they cannot speak!
I wonder what a CAT or similar scan would tell ya? Dun