Photo: Surrey County Council CC BY SA2.0
Object type: Flintlock
Period: Post Medieval
Primary material: Lead
Date found: 16/08/2021
Location: Mole valley, Surrey


A gun-flint wrapped in a “flint pad” formed from a piece of folded lead dating to 1550 – 1750. This enabled it to be held in the jaws of a cock or hammer on a flintlock firearm. Flintlock muskets were the mainstay of European armies between 1660 and 1840. The knapped flint was used within the musket mechanism to produce a spark and could last between 20-25 shots before it had to be replaced.