In 1791, Spanish military authorities directed that firearm manufacturers return to the use of the patilla style miquelet lock. A French style lock had been adopted in 1752, but it proved to be to fragile for heavy use (2)
Patilla style miquelet locks have a large external main spring. The spring exerts an upward force on the hammer`s heel. Two horizontal sears pass through the lock plate in front of the hammer. The lower one is the half cock sear. It locks the hammer`s toe in a safe position for loading and carrying the weapon. The upper one is the full cock sear. It prevents the hammer from falling until the trigger is pulled. The earliest known examples of this style are Spanish and date from the late 16th century
This pistol was manufactured at the Valencia Armory between 1808 and 1812. The lock is marked "Fa.Va." (Fabrica de Valencia). The barrel is marked with Valencia`s coat of arms, a crowned rhombus with vertical lines, and with "L.L" which means doubly loyal (doblemente leal) (1).