Matchlock musket and powder flask: 17th century
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Matchlock musket and powder flask. The musket has shields on the butt bearing the engraved arms of the Haberdashers' Company and on the reverse, the initials OC. The identity of the holder of these initials is unknown. This gun was presumably carried during City festivals and other ceremonial displays. The octagonal, four-foot barrel has a slotted-block rearsight into which is keyed the vertical flash guard. The plain lock has the usual swivelling pan cover and the match holder is possibly in the shape of an animal's head. It is interesting that the shape of the lock plate is not of the long rectangular shape which one would expect, but is very similar to that found on later guns. The shape of the butt conforms to standard fish-tail muskets made in c.1600-40. The stock is inlaid with patterns of mother-of-pearl discs, carved plaques and spirals of bone inlays, outlined with bone borders. The inlays, particularly those of the birds, are well carved and engraved.
1600 AD - 1640 AD