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44CC178/37D-3   Battery Spring 807

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Battery Springfrom a gun-lock plate, probably a snaphaunce, a mechanism whereby a flint held in a cock was struck against a steel battery that was separate from the pan cover.   The snaphaunce gun-lock plate is commonly found on 17th-century sites in Virginia.  Gun parts were usually made of a good grade of steel and survive fairly well.  This spring was recovered from Causey's Care, a mid-17th-century site, in Charles City County.