Designs for ornamental gun fittings 17th century arquebus - Stock Image

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Description
This is page 6 of a 1660 work by C. Jacquinet Gunsmiths and gunsmiths' ornaments. The full page is 18 x 16 centimetres in size.

Jacquinet, the French author and engraver, has crammed the gun ornaments onto the page so that some overlap slightly. Hidden amongst the florid artwork are a man's head with serpents for horns, fantastical figures, gargoyles, men with wings and animal hind legs, decorative scrolls, flowers and tendril-like scroll work.

The upright piece third from the left is the hammer, including a clamp that holds a piece of flint stone. (The top clamping piece is missed out.) The other decorations are intended for the decorated sides of the firing mechanism. These decorations are intended specifically for a firing piece, the arquebus, which predates the 17th and 18th century musket.

From the same document on the ornamentation of early muskets:

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Antique engravings: Europe
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