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Forum: European Armoury 18th April 2014, 06:59 PM
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Posted By Matchlock
Two items very rare to find in detached...

Two items very rare to find in detached condition, and visible from all sides :

two stirrups and a tiller trigger/trigger bar, from crossbows of the 2nd half of the 15th c.
The first stirrup: 11.9 x...
Forum: European Armoury 18th April 2014, 06:28 PM
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Posted By Matchlock
Another great job, Andi, Thanks a lot for...

Another great job, Andi,


Thanks a lot for showing these rarities!

May I add the average measurements:
the bigger barrels used in attacking a fortress (Sturmfässer): ca. 30-38 x 30-45 cm,
the...
Forum: European Armoury 18th April 2014, 04:28 PM
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Posted By Matchlock
Some very early sources of period illustrations...

Some very early sources of period illustrations depicting crossbows - and proving that shapes of the trigger bar that we would date '2nd half 15th c.' seem to have existed more than 200 years...
Forum: European Armoury 17th April 2014, 03:29 PM
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Posted By Matchlock
You are doubtlessly right, Micke, At least as...

You are doubtlessly right, Micke,


At least as far as formal and stylistic dating criteria are concerned.

With its overall proportions, especially the long and delicate tiller, plus the straight...
Forum: European Armoury 16th April 2014, 10:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 208
Posted By Matchlock
Hi Norman, Though your Portuguese is way better...

Hi Norman,

Though your Portuguese is way better than mine my command of Latin enables me to perfectly understand what you were saying, and of course I fully consent.
After all, I was not totally...
Forum: European Armoury 16th April 2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 208
Posted By Matchlock
Hi Nando, I do hope to be able and tell with...

Hi Nando,


I do hope to be able and tell with sufficient authority on the subject ;) :D :cool: :eek: that this indeed is one of the earliest existing handgonne barrels that I have ever seen.

It...
Forum: European Armoury 16th April 2014, 05:51 PM
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Views: 45,382
Posted By Matchlock
A fine, early 16th c. crossbow in the Deutsches...

A fine, early 16th c. crossbow in the Deutsches Jagd- und Fischereimuseum Munich, the slender tiller completely veneered with plaques of white staghorn and decorated with incised parallel lines.
This...
Forum: European Armoury 16th April 2014, 05:31 PM
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Posted By Matchlock
The damaged wooden crank handle of the cranequin...

The damaged wooden crank handle of the cranequin discussed in the previous post.
Forum: European Armoury 16th April 2014, 05:00 PM
Replies: 300
Views: 45,382
Posted By Matchlock
Two Late Gothic cranequins in the Deutsches Jagd-...

Two Late Gothic cranequins in the Deutsches Jagd- und Fischereimuseum Munich.
The first Nuremberg, ca. 1480-90, the crank making a bad fit and most probably not belonging. The maker's mark inlaid in...
Forum: European Armoury 16th April 2014, 04:53 PM
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Views: 45,382
Posted By Matchlock
For comparison, some finely wrought crown's head...

For comparison, some finely wrought crown's head crossbow bolts (Krönlein-Bolzen) of ca. 1520-40 (the three in the center), the others 17th/18th c.

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Forum: European Armoury 16th April 2014, 04:35 PM
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Views: 45,382
Posted By Matchlock
Three more photos belonging to the previous...

Three more photos belonging to the previous post.

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Forum: European Armoury 16th April 2014, 04:17 PM
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Posted By Matchlock
Not quite within the timeframe of this thread but...

Not quite within the timeframe of this thread but also on display in the Deutsches Jagd- und Fischereimuseum Munich are these cossbow bolts for target practice; contrary to the finely made...
Forum: European Armoury 16th April 2014, 04:10 PM
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Views: 45,382
Posted By Matchlock
Another Late Gothic war crossbow, 2nd half 15th...

Another Late Gothic war crossbow, 2nd half 15th century, in the Deutsches Jagd- und Fischereimuseum Munich, and a contemporary quiver, the wooden core covered with boar skin (heavily rubbed), the...
Forum: European Armoury 16th April 2014, 11:45 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 11,507
Posted By Matchlock
A very good Nuremberg made caliverman's flask,...

A very good Nuremberg made caliverman's flask, the flattened cow horn body engraved with a characteristic scene all'antica, probably depicting Heracles and the Nemeic lion, the reverse inscribed 'I....
Forum: European Armoury 16th April 2014, 11:30 AM
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Views: 45,382
Posted By Matchlock
The remaining photos of the second Straubing...

The remaining photos of the second Straubing crossbow, plus some of the former Straubing crossbow that is in the Deutsche Jagd- und Fischereimuseum Munich now, the tiller also branded with a capital...
Forum: European Armoury 16th April 2014, 11:23 AM
Replies: 300
Views: 45,382
Posted By Matchlock
Well, Micke (and all!), After an hour spent...

Well, Micke (and all!),


After an hour spent scanning my 25 year-old analog photos and photoshoping, here finally are the two Gothic war crossbows from the former arsenal of the City of Straubing,...
Forum: European Armoury 16th April 2014, 09:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,033
Posted By Matchlock
I have to correct myself: In post #5, the...

I have to correct myself:

In post #5, the English equivalent of the French term poitrine is of course chest, instead of breast.

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Forum: European Armoury 15th April 2014, 07:46 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 11,507
Posted By Matchlock
Here is a caliverman's flask I photographed 30...

Here is a caliverman's flask I photographed 30 years ago in the reserve collection of the St.-Annen-Museum Lübeck, Lower Saxony, Germany.
The obverse and small sides of the wooden body are profusely...
Forum: European Armoury 15th April 2014, 06:56 PM
Replies: 300
Views: 45,382
Posted By Matchlock
Hello Micke, Thank you for sharing all your...

Hello Micke,


Thank you for sharing all your reflections.
In order to reply substantially, I'd like to talk to my friend, the collector of earliest crossbows and accouterments.
Of course you are...
Forum: European Armoury 15th April 2014, 05:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 651
Posted By Matchlock
Absolutely, Eric, The oldest datable sources of...

Absolutely, Eric,


The oldest datable sources of period artwork depicting powder horns - or, generally speaking, any kind of receptacles for keeping gun powder - are as 'young' as the 1480's (by...
Forum: European Armoury 15th April 2014, 04:59 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 9,426
Posted By Matchlock
Hi Eric, You can of course never tell for sure...

Hi Eric,


You can of course never tell for sure when confronted with Medieval relics but in my opinion, and in all probability, these arrow shaped heads with the twisted hafts were used together...
Forum: European Armoury 15th April 2014, 10:43 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 543
Posted By Matchlock
For other, similar but German, matchlock...

For other, similar but German, matchlock petronels see
http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?p=169223#post169223

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Forum: European Armoury 15th April 2014, 10:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,033
Posted By Matchlock
This is a fine, long and extremely heavy...

This is a fine, long and extremely heavy Nuremberg made 'military' matchlock petronel of ca. 1580-90, in my collection.
The lock is struck with an indistinct maker's mark, above the Nuremberg proof...
Forum: European Armoury 15th April 2014, 09:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,033
Posted By Matchlock
Hi Marcus, Don't worry, the lock mechanism is...

Hi Marcus,

Don't worry, the lock mechanism is absolutely original to the musket reflecting just one Suhl variant of a few shapes of lock plate outlines that were all in use around ca. 1590-1610. I...
Forum: European Armoury 14th April 2014, 02:13 PM
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Views: 90
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