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Forum: European Armoury 14th September 2014, 07:54 AM
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Posted By Matchlock
Please note this fascinating illuminated ms. of...

Please note this fascinating illuminated ms. of ca. 1430:

Büchsemeisterei-Buch, Suabia or Switzerland, Zentralbibliothek Zürich, Ms Rh hist. 0033 b.
...
Forum: European Armoury 14th September 2014, 02:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 246
Posted By Matchlock
More author's photos from 3rd June 1987, when, in...

More author's photos from 3rd June 1987, when, in the presence of the curator Dieter Ritzenhofen, was the first to identify, and photograph, the gun arrows at Burg Eltz, Bad Münstereifel, Germany.
...
Forum: European Armoury 14th September 2014, 01:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 246
Posted By Matchlock
More on the few existing sensational gun arrows...

More on the few existing sensational gun arrows (German: Büchsenpfeile) from the early 1300's, the oldest and rarest gun ammunition ever - taken over from the bow and crossbow, as well as the first...
Forum: European Armoury 13th September 2014, 11:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 246
Posted By Matchlock
Important Basic Historic Facts on the Development of Earliest Guns and Ammunition

Important warning:

The author just noticed that some malware started bugging various words in this thread adding links to them, so he stopped editing immediately.
...
Forum: European Armoury 13th September 2014, 04:24 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 11,387
Posted By Matchlock
The watercolor attached below is from Cod. vind....

The watercolor attached below is from Cod. vind. 3069, dated 1411, ÖNB Wien (Austrian National Library, Vienna), fol. ....

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Forum: European Armoury 13th September 2014, 03:17 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 11,387
Posted By Matchlock
The Word's Oldest Known surviving gun, ca. 1390-1410, fitted with a lock mechanism!

The Word's Oldest Known surviving gun, ca. 1390-1410,
fitted with the earliest tinderlock mechanism,

and preserved in

The Michael Trömner Collection
...
Forum: European Armoury 12th September 2014, 09:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,137
Posted By Matchlock
Hi there, ...

Hi there,


Sorry for noticing that remarkable barrel only tonight; I had to stay in hospitals from Sept. 2012 through late April 2014.

This,...
Forum: European Armoury 12th September 2014, 04:46 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,943
Posted By Matchlock
Hi Andi, ...

Hi Andi,


Thanks for adding that really precious item!

...
Forum: European Armoury 12th September 2014, 03:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 412
Posted By Matchlock
Exactly, Jasper, That's a setting unimaginable...

Exactly, Jasper,

That's a setting unimaginable to ever surpass ... !

Thanks for showing,
and best,
Michael
Forum: European Armoury 10th September 2014, 10:06 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,445
Posted By Matchlock
Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart! ...

Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart!


It is appreciations like this that make all the toil I took seem worthwhile: 40 years, almost solely dedicated to achieving that state of...
Forum: European Armoury 9th September 2014, 06:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 412
Posted By Matchlock
Of course they are, Nando, But...

Of course they are, Nando,


But when they appear on cast-copper alloy barrels (brass or bonze), it is only on items after ca. 1550.

The reason is that they started...
Forum: European Armoury 9th September 2014, 05:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 412
Posted By Matchlock
Exactly! Best, Michael

Exactly!

Best,
Michael
Forum: European Armoury 9th September 2014, 02:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 348
Posted By Matchlock
I do not know for sure but I guess that strange...

I do not know for sure but I guess that strange name has to do with Medieval monks. In the 14th through the 16th centuries, abbeys and orders were known to be cultural and intellectual centers,...
Forum: European Armoury 9th September 2014, 12:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 348
Posted By Matchlock
These seem to be the the earliest known dated...

These seem to be the the earliest known dated Nuremberg barrels to feature an elongated round muzzle section (German: Mündungskopf): a pair of Nuremberg cast-bronze falconet barrels founded, signed...
Forum: European Armoury 9th September 2014, 03:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 348
Posted By Matchlock
- Another detailed view of two rounded and...

- Another detailed view of two rounded and conical/tapering padlocks, plus a rectangular, all securing a heavy oaken iron-mounted ammuniton chest in a Maximilian arsenal, ca. 1500; from Essenwein:...
Forum: European Armoury 9th September 2014, 03:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 348
Posted By Matchlock
- The Monk's Gun, ca. 1525-30, in the Rüstkammer,...

- The Monk's Gun, ca. 1525-30, in the Rüstkammer, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

- The rounded conical/tapering Nuremberg padlock, ca. 1525-30, formerly in the author's...
Forum: European Armoury 9th September 2014, 02:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 348
Posted By Matchlock
I found these sectional drawings somewhere on the...

I found these sectional drawings somewhere on the web about 10 to 12 years ago, but unfortunately lost the data of their source in the meantime.

I do remember the person being Swiss, though.

...
Forum: European Armoury 9th September 2014, 01:58 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 412
Posted By Matchlock
Hi Dana W, For stylistic as well...

Hi Dana W,


For stylistic as well as formal reasons, this breechloading bronze cannon barrel is closely datable to ca. 1530-1550; many of these are of Portuguese manufacture - now,...
Forum: European Armoury 9th September 2014, 12:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 424
Posted By Matchlock
No problem, Nando, My dear friend, You...

No problem, Nando,
My dear friend,


You obviously posted your thoughts quite rapidly while I was desperately coping with my computer setttings, trying to get them to work out with internet...
Forum: European Armoury 9th September 2014, 12:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 424
Posted By Matchlock
Hi Mark, It is my turn to say thanks...

Hi Mark,


It is my turn to say thanks because connecting the item in discussion with the principle of a tomahawk, was your brilliant idea!

I did notice that term Hurlbat in one of...
Forum: European Armoury 8th September 2014, 09:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 348
Posted By Matchlock
The Dresden MONK'S GUN - a MYTH Revisited, and Finally CORRECTLY DATED: ca. 1525-30!

This is about a real myth of weaponry, the famous so-called Monk's Gun, which, according to the formal, stylistic and technical criteria set up by the author, should be correctly dated "ca. 1525-30",...
Forum: European Armoury 8th September 2014, 09:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 424
Posted By Matchlock
Hi Nando, The conventional type of German...

Hi Nando,


The conventional type of German throwing axes had most probably been taken to, and known in, India by at least the 1520's. They may even have been copied and produced there in the...
Forum: European Armoury 8th September 2014, 07:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 424
Posted By Matchlock
Attached to this post, find photos of the famous...

Attached to this post, find photos of the famous so-called Monk's Gun, which, according to the formal, stylistic and technical criteria set up by the author, should be correctly dated "ca. 1525-30",...
Forum: European Armoury 8th September 2014, 05:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 424
Posted By Matchlock
Hi templarnight, and all, ...

Hi templarnight, and all,


Here is what this item is, or...
Forum: European Armoury 8th September 2014, 12:48 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,445
Posted By Matchlock
Hello Alexender, My dear friend! I knew right...

Hello Alexender,
My dear friend!

I knew right from the start that you would appreciate this important little extra information I tried to convey posting these images.

Unfortunately, they a are of...
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