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Forum: European Armoury 5th August 2020, 05:20 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,073
Posted By Philip
Agreed, Ballistol is great for lubricating the...

Agreed, Ballistol is great for lubricating the mechanical components of guns, and moreover is not harmful to wood (softening/staining). But for the surfaces that will be in contact with wood, or...
Forum: European Armoury 4th August 2020, 05:59 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 736
Posted By Philip
But wouldn't the trigger rotate on a pin through...

But wouldn't the trigger rotate on a pin through the wood of the stock and thus not have to be attached to the lock itself? This is the case with virtually all guns with locks held by bolts to the...
Forum: European Armoury 4th August 2020, 05:48 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 34,931
Posted By Philip
Thank you, Patrick, for all the info you have...

Thank you, Patrick, for all the info you have given us so far. Now about those grooves -- how many and when you shine a light inside, do they look straight or spiraled? Can you tell...
Forum: European Armoury 31st July 2020, 09:31 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,073
Posted By Philip
Parabens, Nando! A truly rare blade form (half...

Parabens, Nando!

A truly rare blade form (half waved from the forte, straight towards tip) in a European context. Fairly common, however, among south Philippine kalis (kris) short swords, that...
Forum: European Armoury 29th July 2020, 05:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 752
Posted By Philip
Hi, Cathey To address your comments: Thanks for...

Hi, Cathey

To address your comments:

Thanks for the clarification on hilt materials and construction. A picture is worth a thousand words, as they say, but looking at pictures can't compare with...
Forum: European Armoury 28th July 2020, 04:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 459
Posted By Philip
Wouldn't you like to have your custom gunsmith...

Wouldn't you like to have your custom gunsmith make one of these so you have one to put on a gun to shoot? I bet these things are quite efficient. It's probably the bulkiness of the mechanism...
Forum: European Armoury 28th July 2020, 04:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 459
Posted By Philip
fotos of the real thing

Hi, Udo

Here are two pieces to compare your pistol to. Top one is the gun by Raffaelo Verdiani referenced in the above post, this image in Blackmore's Guns and Rifles of the World, (1965), plate...
Forum: European Armoury 28th July 2020, 12:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 459
Posted By Philip
You have what is called a "segment"...

You have what is called a "segment" lock, which employs the partial arc of a wheel, in rotating fashion, to generate sparks from the pyrites. As GIO notes, it eliminates the need to wind up a wheel...
Forum: European Armoury 28th July 2020, 12:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 490
Posted By Philip
Thanks for the images and your very interesting...

Thanks for the images and your very interesting comment.

Regarding wood removal for a smaller lock recess in the side of the stock: the deep internal channels for the sear spring and arms would...
Forum: European Armoury 27th July 2020, 11:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 490
Posted By Philip
When I re-read this from your previous post, the...

When I re-read this from your previous post, the phrase "these characteristics" implies more than one thing -- are you talking about both the downward tail and a certain position of the half-cock...
Forum: European Armoury 27th July 2020, 02:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 736
Posted By Philip
Thanks for providing this! The sear is designed...

Thanks for providing this! The sear is designed just like on your lock. Did your friend provide any information on where this is from and when?

At this point, following up with the screws should...
Forum: European Armoury 27th July 2020, 05:27 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 34,931
Posted By Philip
Interesting! Is there a touchhole drilled into...

Interesting! Is there a touchhole drilled into one side of the barrel, at the rear, that connects with the bore? Any markings? How is the smaller-diameter "stem" in back attached -- does it...
Forum: European Armoury 27th July 2020, 05:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 490
Posted By Philip
stylistic precedence and tradition?

Having proposed a functional basis for the downward-tilting tails common on Portuguese patilhas in requirements dictated by gunstock fashions of the time, it might also be interesting to explore a...
Forum: European Armoury 27th July 2020, 04:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 490
Posted By Philip
functional rationale for "drooping tail"?

Here are images of a beautiful Portuguese gun made by court gunsmith Josť Malaquias da Costa in Lisbon in 1820, formerly in the Clay Bedford Collection, published by Wallace Gusler and James Lavin in...
Forum: European Armoury 27th July 2020, 02:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 490
Posted By Philip
Yes, I did notice that. But I attach two images...

Yes, I did notice that. But I attach two images of this feature on separate locks, one Spanish, the other Portuguese. The Spanish gun is by Salvador Zenarro, 1790 (image from W K Neal, op cit...
Forum: European Armoury 26th July 2020, 09:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 736
Posted By Philip
Two are definitely modern as noted below by Rick,...

Two are definitely modern as noted below by Rick, the third is questionable per present discussion.
Forum: European Armoury 26th July 2020, 09:05 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 736
Posted By Philip
Oh, the quote you posted is spot on, have seen...

Oh, the quote you posted is spot on, have seen the same thing cited by other authors including Lenk, Blackmore, et al. A complete example believed to be one of those converted guns is in the...
Forum: European Armoury 26th July 2020, 09:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 736
Posted By Philip
Hi, Rick Great that you provided a shooter's...

Hi, Rick

Great that you provided a shooter's input as re the priming pan and its cover. It explains a lot in this case.

You also have the advantage of the piece in your hands, rather than just...
Forum: European Armoury 26th July 2020, 08:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 490
Posted By Philip
Congratulations! Provenance: W Keith Neal is...

Congratulations!

Provenance: W Keith Neal is the author of Spanish Guns and Pistols (1955), a pioneering reference on the subject in English and unsurpassed until James D Lavin's A History of...
Forum: European Armoury 26th July 2020, 12:26 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 736
Posted By Philip
Without seeing the component fully stripped down...

Without seeing the component fully stripped down in full view, I can't rule out the possibility of it being a later replacement and/or alteration. However, from a functional standpoint, I don't...
Forum: European Armoury 25th July 2020, 10:15 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 736
Posted By Philip
Thanks for the pics. The Swedish lock is a...

Thanks for the pics. The Swedish lock is a snaphaunce, having a separate pan cover and frizzen. Looks like the pan cover is manually operated, isn't it? I don't see a pushrod linking it to the...
Forum: European Armoury 25th July 2020, 09:45 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 736
Posted By Philip
more about trigger

You and I have the same idea. A half-cone (or a wedge) that moves up and separates the tail of the sear bar from the lockplate (and thus withdrawing the sear nose) would perform the same function. ...
Forum: European Armoury 25th July 2020, 07:23 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 736
Posted By Philip
jaw screw

Rick,
What are your comments on the head of the jaw screw? Needs a spanner wrench, just like on the dog of a wheellock.

For comparison, I see slotted drum-shaped screw heads on the Scandinavian...
Forum: European Armoury 25th July 2020, 07:16 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 736
Posted By Philip
I don't think that this observation is sufficient...

I don't think that this observation is sufficient to condemn Rick's lock as a piece of historicism. Looking a several published examples in Lenk, op cit, and in H L Blackmore's Guns and Rifles of...
Forum: European Armoury 25th July 2020, 07:02 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 736
Posted By Philip
lock design and possible origin

What you have is a Norwegian or Swedish snap lock of exceptional workmanship and apparently late manufacture. Looks like it was intended for a sporting gun made for someone who could afford...
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