As always, the Nepalese arms which have been untouched for generations can hold some surprises. The lock of this musket yielded one such apparent mystery. The "flint" which has been secured in the jaws of the musket's cock for all this time is in fact merely a piece of wood, carefully shaped like a flint and held in place with a piece of fabric. In Treasure Is Where You Find It
, Christian Cranmer recounts having found 1,300,000
original British musket flints in a basement of Lagan Silekhana, where the muskets were also stored. Why, I wondered, would someone have gone to the trouble of making a wooden facsimile of something that was available in such abundance?
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Thanks to Bill Curtis and other helpful members of the British Militaria Forum
I learned the answer:
The wooden flint was standard practice in the British Army for training and drill purposes and was known as a "Driver".