Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bavaria, Germany - the center of 15th and 16th century gunmaking
I attach images of my earliest snap tinder lock with a lateral push button release, ca. 1510-15.
It was in heavily rusty excavated condition when I got it, with the cock frozen in the cocked position (!) - and still the one armed spring had retained much of its original tension ...
A close before/after comparison should illustrate that the long time and careful restoration work has really saved the extremely rare piece.