Object Title

Flintlock breech-loading magazine gun - By John Cookson

Flintlock breech-loading magazine gun - By John Cookson

Date

1690

Object Number

XII.10597

Provenance

Purchased March 1994. Formerly in the William M. Locke Collection, Cincinnati, USA.

Physical Description

The action is of Lorenzoni type; a long tapered octagonal section operating lever on the left of the breech charges the breech chamber with powder and ball, primes the pan and cocks the lock in the usual way for this type of mechanism.

The back-action lock has a pronounced outward curve and is engraved with a cherub and seated female figure holding a banner inscribed IOHN COOKSON. The cock, frizzen and priming magazine cover have typical late 17th century foliate engraving. The body of the action also forms the breech of the barrel and is decorated on upper and lower surfaces with high relief chiselling in the form of a grotesque mask and fronds of foliage of very high quality. Butt only, of strongly figured fruitwood. Both the iron triggerguard and the buttplate are deeply chiselled; the triggerguard bow with a grotesque mask, the buttplate with two grotesque animal heads and with foliate scrolls. Tapered round section barrel, slightly swamped at the muzzle, the chief feature of which is a tall iron foresight blade in the form of a curved axe blade.

Techniques

Engraved, Chiselled

Materials

Dimensions

OverallDepth4in.
OverallDepth100mm
OverallHeight9.5in.
OverallHeight240mm
OverallLength49in.
OverallLength1242mm
OverallWeight4.052kg
OverallWeight9.1lb oz
BarrelLength32in.
BarrelLength812mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number none

Calibre

28 bore

Inscriptions and Marks

Maker's mark
IOHN COOKSON FECIT
Breech
Engraved

Associations

Bibliographic References

H.L.Blackmore; Guns and Rifles of the World, p.87, and pl.662 and 663.

Notes

See references for further reading.