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Habert, Wheel lock mechanism, 1600-25. Nancy, France. Gilt brass with gold and silver damascene.

This wheel-lock is the mechanism that once enabled a gun to fire. Arms and armour are rarely associated with art. However, they were influenced by the same design sources as other art forms including architecture, sculpture, goldsmiths’ work, stained glass and ceramics. These sources had to be adapted to awkwardly shaped devices required to perform complicated technical functions. 

Sketches for wheel-locks were made by Leonardo da Vinci but their first common use was in Germany in around 1520 and they continued in use until the late seventeenth century. V&A

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