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MUSEUM PIECE EXTREMELY RARE EARLY 16TH CENTURY ENGLISH SNAPHAUNCE PYRITES LOCK


MUSEUM PIECE EXTREMELY RARE EARLY 16TH CENTURY ENGLISH SNAPHAUNCE PYRITES LOCK   Guns > Rifles > Muzzleloading Pre-1899 Rifles (flint)
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Item #: 944688454
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Location: TX
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This is a rare, 16th Century, English Snaphaunce. Discovered in England in the 60's. It is 47 inches long overall with a 33-1/2 inch, octagon, swamped, rifled barrel. It is approximately .38 caliber. The stock is badly damaged by woodworm and is missing part of the forearm. The lock is one of the earliest patterns of snaphaunce, sometimes referred to as the "Pyrites Lock" because it used the same stone in the cock as the wheel locks. This was iron pyrites which is commonly called, "Fool's Gold." The unusual characteristics of this lock are the single, large, exterior, lock spring which functions as both a hammer and frizzen spring, and the oddly-shaped cock which stikes the frizzen a very shallow blow. This was necessary to prevent the pyrites from breaking. The pyrites was much more brittle than the later flint stone which struck the frizzen at a much sharper angle. The cocking mechanism is of the early "dog lock" type. The hand crafted, hand forged workmanship is evident on closer inspection. A gun very similar to this one is pictured in "The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of The World's Firearms" by Ivan V. Hogg 1978, on pages 20-21. It is shown under the chapter on "History of The Firearm" and is identified as a "German snaphaunce arquebus of about 1550." You may never see one of these for sale again. This gun is 500 years old!! The low price reflects the stock restoration needed. I also have photos of the 14th Century German Museum rifle for comparison. SEND EMAIL ADDRESS FOR ADDITIONAL PHOTOS.

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