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