The essence of Alexander John Forsyth exudes from this simple desk. Forsyth was a Scottish, Presbyterian clergyman who invented the percussion ignition, circa 1807. The percussion cap was the crucial invention that enabled muzzleloading firearms to fire reliably in any weather. Napoleon Bonaparte offered Forsyth a reward of £20,000 if he took his invention to France, but Forsyth declined. The French gunsmith Jean Lepage developed a similar form of ignition based on Forsyth's design, but this was not pursued, as gunsmiths invented more reliable forms of ignition soon after.
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