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Re: 1839 Springfield - was just Springfield

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 24 November 2010, at 3:28 p.m., in response to Re: 1839 Springfield - was just Springfield, posted by D Leat on Wednesday, 24 November 2010, at 2:41 p.m.

My mistake - I (too hastily) assumed you knew the difference between "flintlock" (the hammer, or cock, holds (clamped in) a piece of flint, which falls against a hardened plate, the frizzen, producing sparks which ignites loose powder in the pan (which is uncovered as the hammer hits the frizzen.

A "percussion" weapon has just a very simple hammer which falls upon a small copper cap fitted over what looks like a tiny piece of pipe, which is threaded or welded into the barrel.

I still think the model ID is correct, but, if percussion, the value would be MUCH lower; down to $550 in Good and $800 in Fine.


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