LANCUM-FF9BA4: Post-medieval gunflint

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GUNFLINT

Unique ID: LANCUM-FF9BA4

Object type certainty: Certain
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A late post-medieval to early modern gunflint from a flint lock rifle or musket dating to the 17th - 19th centuries. The gunflint is still in its lead case/holder. The gunflint is sub-square in plan and appears complete. The flint has been knapped around the edges in order to get the correct shape. The distal edge is thinner and the flint is triangular in section. All of the edges are relatively straight. The flint used is a dark brown to black colour. The lead case is still complete encasing about 40-50% of the flint. It seems to have been made from a long piece of lead, one side rounded, the other straight, with an oval perforation in the centre which was presumably part of the suspension mechanism.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1900

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 24 mm
Width: 21.5 mm
Thickness: 10.5 mm
Weight: 15.05 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 4th January 2014

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: 50 Finds from Cumbria

Materials and construction

Primary material: Flint
Secondary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Knapped/flaked
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cumbria (County)
District: Allerdale (District)
To be known as: Silloth

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Coastland
Specific landuse: Cliff and related features

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LANCUM
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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