A Guide to British Medieval Seals by P.D.A. Harvey

By P.D.A. Harvey

In medieval Britain the seal used to be, for a few 300 years, the way in which such a lot files have been authenticated. Seals and seal impressions are worthwhile as facts in difficulties of social and fiscal heritage, the heritage of paintings, legislations, and international relations, yet thus far they've got no longer been completely mentioned. during this groundbreaking paintings the authors study all types of seal used for authenticating files - their improvement, layout, and use - just about modern documents. An index of mottoes and inscriptions offers important and functional assist in picking out seals in different collections.

The quantity is plentiful with illustrations, typically depicting seals from the huge collections of The British Library and the general public checklist place of work, London. Designed to fill a long-standing hole within the literature, this lucid advent to British medieval seals is aimed toward graduate scholars, archivists, historians, and somebody drawn to medieval records and artefacts.

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The trigger spring can be taken off by turning it over to the rear and unhooking it from its tab on the trigger bar.  The trigger bar can be removed by drifting out this pin. The smaller pin, below, retains the trigger safety and its spring.  It’s not possible to photograph this, inside the magazine well. Use slim pliers to move the torsion spring out of its notch in the magazine catch, and remove the catch. This is also the procedure if the catch is to be reversed.  As the trigger assembly is re-installed, it will be necessary to insert a hooked tool to re-engage the loop of the trigger spring with the cross-pin.

Except for repair, removal is not advisable.  Drifting out the vertical pin will allow removal of the extractor and its coil spring.  With a proper roll-pin drift punch, drive out the cross-pin at the upper rear of the grip frame.  After the pin is removed, gently pry the rear sub-frame upward. As it clears the frame, the ejector can be detached from the left side.  Pushing out this cross-pin will allow removal of the sear and its plunger and spring. CAUTION: The plunger and spring are very small and easily lost.

Drift out the front roll-cross-pin.  Drift out the trigger pin toward the left.  Gently pry the front sub-frame out upward. As it clears on the left side, remove the takedown lever tension spring. It is very small, and easily lost.  Lift out the trigger assembly. The slide latch is easily detached toward the front.  The slide latch spring is crimped in place, and removal should be done only for repair.  The trigger spring can be taken off by turning it over to the rear and unhooking it from its tab on the trigger bar.

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