Flint Lock Mechanism

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About This Object
A flint lock mechanism found on HMS Invincible. Invincible was one of thirteen ships selected to try out new cannon locks to speed up the rate of fire. The order gave instructions for the quarterdeck 9-pounders to be fitted with locks. The use of flintlock firing mechanisms was in its infancy at this time with ships like Invincible carrying only about 20 such devices on board a 74-gun ship. So most guns of the period had a ‘touch hole’ in the breech where the powder was ignited to fire the weapon.
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Height: 187mm
Width: 90mm
Depth: 55mm (2 3/16")
Production Date
Pre 1758
Production Period
Eighteenth Century