Gunflint fragment, UA 2016-063-028

Twenty-four gunflint and debitage fragments were found at the Neva survival camp. French gunflints of the late 18th century were manufactured to fit four primary firearm classes, the rampart gun, musket, large pistol, and small pistol. This example falls in the size range for a small flintlock pistol. These may be the same flints mentioned by midshipmen Mikhailo Il’ich Terpigorev’s in his recollection of January 9, 1813, the night following Neva‘s loss:
“This same evening one of the promyslzlenniks, who had a [flintlock] pistol with him, made a fire and near him the sufferers recovered the first night.”