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44PG307/614-42  Matchlock 2032 - rolled


44PG307/614-42   Serpentine - Side View

Serpentine - "snake"

44PG307/614-42   Serpentine - Rear View

Rear View - slightly bent 



Deformed Matchlock with Serpentineearly 17th century.  The plate of this matchlock was deliberately rolled up prior to deposition in a trash pit, perhaps to prevent its being used again in a firearm.  The side view  "snake" head of the serpentine is clearly recognizable.  The rear view shows how the bifurcated (split) section of the serpentine is slightly bent out of line and the match screw is broken.  As a result, it is sprung apart, rather than screwed tight the way it would be when holding a match.  

This example was recovered from Jordan's Journey near Hopewell in Prince George County.   To see more of the gun parts that would have been part of this type of gun lock look at a whole matchlock from a nearby site.