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

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This is page 1 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. The decoration at the bottom is for the body (stock) of a flintlock arquebus, a firearm that preceded the musket. Attached to this decoration is the frizzen, against which a piece of flint will create a spark. The flint is held by a beak-shaped clamp on the hammer, which is shown just above the decoration for the stock.

A flintlock arquebus is a smooth-bore firearm – it has no rifling inside the barrel to cause a bullet to spin. As a result it would use spherical balls of metal rather than the elongated bullet shape that we recognise today. (Earlier arquebuses did not use the flintlock mechanism described above.)

This page includes all kinds of decorative elements, for example heads of Roman emperors wearing laurel wreaths, eagles, putti (small angels) and accoutrements of war such as arrows, swords, bugles and shields. Also included are many fantastical writing shapes.

From the same document on the ornamentation of early muskets:

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Antique engravings: Europe
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