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French style blunderbuss, having a relief decorated brass barrel centered with a shield and fleur de lys reserves, oak stock with original surface, 23"l
I am not sure that this dragon mouthed matchlock is a blunderbuss but it is cool enough to share here.
It was exhibited at the Utah Gun Collectors Association October 2001 Gun Show, and labeled "Matchlock Carbine circa 1490".
I just acquired this bronze hand mortar barrel. It was too good of a price to pass up. It is untapped/drilled so I am looking at possible earlier locks and stocks to get some possible Landsknect-SCA use out of it. It is "tennis ball gauge."
Any suggestions? A documentable matchlock would be nice.
Got these pics from a pal who took them in Schloss Gottorp, the Schleswig Holstein Museum.
He did not give any measurements but, neglecting the replacement stock, I would estimate the length of the barrels to ca. 50-60 cm.
Please note the rectangularly raised priming pans that seem to be characteristic of the North of Germany and the early 15th century.
The recoil hook was perfect for firing them from behind a a large set targe or a hand targe in field fight. It is the only DB sample known to me to have survived from that early period.
This piece is also remarkable for its angled barrels designed to cover a broader range, and possibly loaded with a 'buckshot' like number of balls or pieces of lead or iron, in one word: blunder.
I am not sure how good this company is or isn't but it is pretty hard to mess up a matchlock http://www.mksikligar.com/Gun-Locks2.aspx