- Dec 19, 2019
- 🏆 Honorable Mentions:
- Detector(s) used
- Garrett AT Max ,Bounty Hunter
- Primary Interest:
- All Treasure Hunting
Looks similar to a doglock, especially in the shape of the hammer, but does not have a dog on the lockplate or a notch in the hammer for the dog to engage. It is actually a flintlock made to look like a migulet lock. The frizzen spring (the long hairpin-shaped leaf spring on the outside of the lockplate) has been made extra long in imitation of the migulets' exterior mainspring, but does not function as such; the real mainspring is on the inside of the lockplate, as in a normal flintlock. If you can find a picture of the internal mechanism of a migulet lock in a book or on the internet, you will get a better idea of what I mean.
Migulet locks were commonly used on Spanish muzzleloaders through the 19th century and were adopted by the inhabitants of North Africa as standard. When Belgian gunmakers started taking over the African trade gun market in the 19th & early 20th centuries, they made locks that were technically flintlocks but which in appearance were similar to the migulet locks their customers preferred. Yours appears to be one of them.