The Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, VA, has an exhibit case of Confederate imports through the blockade, which includes a strange-looking signal pistol representative of blockade running. I had thought it possibly of British origin, unless there is evidence of Confederate manufacture. It is quite different from the two models of Coston signal pistols used by the USN and USA during the war, with a short, small bore barrel. Marked "C.S." and "Caroline" (blockade-runner?), it appears to be percussion-cap ignition. I have separately described this signal device before on this forum, w/o response, but am including here a link to a color photo (left side) in the hope that it might elicit identification or amplification.
The VHS museum collection includes two conventional Coston-type flares marked as of Confederate manufacture, but I have not been able to learn what device was used to display and fire them. Any leads concerning Confederate pyrotechnics would also be appreciated
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