Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bavaria, Germany - the center of 15th and 16th century gunmaking
Before the early 15th century, no makers or other marks are known, be it on guns or on any other work of arts and crafts; it was only during the 1st half of the 15th c. that artisans and craftsmen began to develop that special self confidence.
As I stated in some of the earlier posts in this thread, the Gothic minuscule script here is mostly ornament in the form of letters; only the word maria is identifiable as a religious invocation.
I would say that the ornamental script was engraved after the casting of the barrel; it looks just too delicate and neat for being the result of casting.