Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bavaria, Germany - the center of 15th and 16th century gunmaking
A Unique Double Barrel Bronze Tiller Haquebut, North Germany, ca. 1420
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.