WILT-0736E4: Post-medieval to Modern gunflint

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GUNFLINT

Unique ID: WILT-0736E4

Object type certainty: Certain
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A post-medieval/modern gunflint from a flintlock musket. The flint is broadly rectangular in plan. The ventral surface is smooth and relatively flat; the strikes come in at an angle; the bulb of percussion is absent. The dorsal face is bevelled on all sides. The flint has a white patina.

The flintlock was introduced in the middle of the 16th century but it was not until the reign of William III that the flintlock became the main regulation firearm for the British Army. The knapped flint was used within the musket mechanism to produce a spark and would last between 20-25 shots before it had to be replaced.(Bond 2004, 163-164).

Notes:

This record was made at a rally and may thus fall below our usual standards of recording

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1850

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 20.65 mm
Width: 14.8 mm
Thickness: 5.8 mm
Weight: 2.02 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 18th September 2010 - Sunday 19th September 2010

Rally details.

This object was found at Urchfont 2010

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Richard Henry
Identified by: Mr Richard Henry
Secondary identifier: Ms Laura Burnett

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 38c

Materials and construction

Primary material: Flint
Manufacture method: Knapped/flaked
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Urchfont (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU0455
Four figure Latitude: 51.294116
Four figure longitude: -1.944018
1:25K map: SU0455
1:10K map: SU05NW
Grid reference source: Recorded at a rally
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WILT
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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