WWI-WWII era U.S. Navy bronze tompion (tompkin) from a 5 inch 38 caliber gun. A tompion is a plug placed in a gun's muzzle when the gun is not in use to keep out moisture and dust. Features a raised star in the center of the top side with locking wing nut in center. The numbers 8Z-868-9 is embossed on the interior of the tompion. A rare surviving and completely original US Navy artifact from the Arthur Rebman Maritime Collection!
*The British call these tampions.
Vintage photo: A group shot of uniformed ranks of men arranged formally across the foredeck of their ship. Here an informal grouping of sailors from the battleship Wisconsin exudes youth, pride, and good humor. The big 13"/35 guns with their starred tompions made a terrific prop.