A painted cannon

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A painted cannon

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I have a cannon from ca.1500 that has couple of interesting features. One is that when I got it, it still had a powder charge in it. We flushed it out, dried the powder and ignited it. It burned, but fitfully. It was, supposedly, excavated somewhere in France but the form is decidedly German.

This is it overall
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About 4" long, bore is ~ 1 1/2".

The interesting thing is that there are the remains of paint on it. Take a close look
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You can make out red and green patches. A friend who spent a lifetime studying these things thought that they were the colors of Nuremberg.

This light little thing could have seen service in a variety of venues, from a castle wall to use in the field.

Perhaps I'll load it and do a video. It is unlikely to blow up I think.

I'm posting because of the paint which is an interesting survival.
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Book of armaments of emperor Maximilian I, ca. 1502.

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You sure it's 4" long?
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Re: A painted cannon

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Witness wrote:
Thu Apr 23, 2020 3:07 am

Book of armaments of emperor Maximilian I, ca. 1502.
Good old Max. Had a helmet of his design once.

Those are called Dopplehakens after the hook which would be put over the edge of a wall to absorb the recoil.

I have one that is interesting.
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It is interesting inasmuch it appears to be the second earliest dated example of a firearm
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Thats 1507, they made a 7 like a ^. Undoubtedly a metric precursor.

And the other is 4'. :oops:
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Re: A painted cannon

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A demo (German blather):



Early Panzerwagen ( :mrgreen: ) with Hakenbüchse, "Hussite Wagon Fortress, 1437, from Johannes Hartlieb's Kriegsbuch":

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(I hope it's historically correct. :notsure: )

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Whenever you see some timid euros trying to demo this stuff they can't make a move without falling over safety officers and government busybodies.

I'll take one of mine, take it in the back and blow a gator into the next country (the line is about 1/4 mile away so it isn't a big deal but it sounds good).
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But...howabout the trilobites and their less crunchy (but quite tasty) cousins crawdadiae.
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