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44GL  English Lock 2039 - Interior

44GL   Interior

44GL  English Lock 2039 - Exterior



"English" Flintlockthis English lock or Jacobean flintlock is a type of gun-lock that became popular in England in the early 17th-century. It is characterized by the fact that the flashpan cover and battery are one integral L-shaped unit (missing in this example).   Here you can make out in the central area of the external view that there is a small buffer instead of the ornamental "button" seen on the snaphaunce.  The "English" lock was the earliest true flintlock.  

Archaeological examples of gun-locks rarely survive with all the parts intact.   But after cleaning and conservation there are often enough clues to identify the mechanism. This example was recovered from Gloucester County, Virginia.