Thursday, October 01, 2009

Lock Stock and Barrel

Harold took the ironwork out of the vinegar and screwed a jeweller's loupe int his right eye to check for blemishes.

"Exquisite, isn't it?" John the imp tapped ash from his perpetual cigarette and grinned. "It took me almost three months to perfect making the lock. Authentic fifteenth century metalworking techniques and accelerated aging.

"There's some pitting on--"

"—the trigger-guard, yes." John smiled. "Well, there would be after five hundred years, non?"

Harold nodded, picking up the barrel and sighting through it. "No rifling?" he said, turning to see John's nose outlined at the end of the tube.

"Not invented until 1498." John picked up the stock. Oddly, this was the hardest to forge," he said. "Getting hold of wood from the period is no easy task. I did buy a barrow load in 1462 but the whole lot had rotted before I dug them up again."

"So where did the wood come from?"

"Ah." John coughed and stubbed his cigarette out. "Did you know the Mayor had a house full of antiques?"

"Ha! Not any more." Harold grinned. "There was a robbery last week." He frowned. "Oh."

"Quite." John patted him on the arm. "Don't go down the cellar for a bit, eh?"


Image: Lock, Stock & Barrel: Making an English Shotgun and Shooting with Consistency

6 comments:

Olga/Maddie said...

Could you perhaps send one or two of those imps my way?

They would come in handy for a few things around here. *BG*

Oh and the 'non' at the end of this sentence?: "Well, there would be after five hundred years, non?"

That's a DKism. *VBG*

Hugs, lovies, and stuffs for you all. *HG*

God bless and take care. Bye, :)!
Olga/Maddie

aims said...

Making an antique from an antique - how - timeless? Is that the word I want here?

Leatherdykeuk said...

John prides himself on authenticity :)

Olga - 'non' is a French mannerism - John picked it up from reading Christie's Hercule Poirot

Olga/Maddie said...

Ah, I see, Rachel. *BG*

And thanks for letting me know. *big smile*

But I just mentioned DK because I have seen him use the word 'non' in some of his tweets and journal entries.

Hugs, lovies, and stuffs for you all. *HG*

God bless and take care. Bye, :)!
Olga/Maddie

stephanie said...

*laughs* Oh, John, I do adore thee.

Leatherdykeuk said...

John got very old, very fast.