Frizzen closed, ready to for firing.
Frizzen open. Fired. Ready for cocking and loading.
Frizzen - That part of a flintlock action that receives the blow of the flint-tipped hammer, which then yields tiny molten fragments of steel---sparks---which fall into the flashpan, igniting the priming charge and thence, through the touchole, the main charge. In the first photo above, the hammer is cocked and the frizzen is closed, protecting the priming charge in the pan, ready to fire. In the second photo, the frizzen is in the open, fired position.
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