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Collection Online as of March 2, 2024

Snaphance Gunlock

Snaphance Gunlock

Location: 210C Firearms

Did You Know?

This steel gunlock is its own work of art, chiseled with designs of grotesques, masks, and foliage.


The snaphance is a type of lock used for firing a gun. It is a predecessor of the flintlock mechanism.
  • Gurney Collection
    Frank Gair Macomber (1849-1941), Boston, MA, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Christie, Manson & Woods, London. Choice collection of works of art, mostly of the XVth, XVIth and XVIIth centuries. Mar 8-12, 1898. Lot 275. Mentioned: p. 36, lot 275
    Catalogue of Arms and Armour. Vol. 4, 17th to 19th century and a few pieces of iron work. [Boston, Massachusetts]: [Frank Gair Macomber], [1900-1915]. Mentioned and Reproduced: No. (244) 268
    Gilchrist, Helen Ives. A Catalogue of the Collection of Arms & Armor Presented to the Cleveland Museum of Art by Mr. and Mrs. John Long Severance; 1916-1923. Cleveland: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1924. Mentioned: p. 168, F83
    Fliegel, Stephen N. Arms and Armor: The Cleveland Museum of Art. [Cleveland, Ohio]: The Museum, 1998. p. 175, cat. no. 232
    Fliegel, Stephen N. Arms & Armor: The Cleveland Museum of Art. [Cleveland, Ohio]: Cleveland Museum of Art, 2007. p. 194, cat. no. 236
  • Armor Court Reinstallation. The Cleveland Museum of Art (organizer).
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