Lead Moderator European Armoury
Join Date: Dec 2004
Thsnk you Philip,
... for pointing out those references, specially the more suggestive one showing the arabesques in Lavins lock (plate 81).
That the lock in my friend's blunderbuss is inspired in Spanish examples or even having been brought over from Spain, is of course a probability no to be discarded, by all means. After all, most blunderbusses we see around here are of regional engender, composed of varied 'rescued' parts.
Interesting that this gun wear appears to be not only due to natural age but also to intense use, judging by the frizzen face; in a way that its service was more resourced for hunting frequent shooting than in sporadic combat, a more typical purpose for these things ... i would say. Bizarre ?