44CC178/37D-3 Battery Spring 807

Battery Spring
 —from 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.

Updated April 10, 2018