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44PG302/EU889-88, F-320  Matchlock 1546

    Exterior View

44PG302/EU889-88, F-320   Top View

Top View

44PG302/EU889-88, F-320


Matchlockthe simplest form of gun-lock, the matchlock was used in the colonies throughout the 17th century.  This archaeological example from Jordan's Journey in Prince George County has been deformed while in the ground so that the "plate," the long rectangular bar, is bent as is the serpentine.  The serpentine, match screw, sear, and sear spring are all present.    Note from the top view that you can see the pivoted, bifurcated arm, called a serpentine, that would have gripped a burning match.   This element is more clearly illustrated on another even more deformed matchlock from a nearby site: matchlock with serpentine.

This example was recovered from Jordan's Journey near Hopewell in Prince George County.