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Old 15th March 2011, 01:30 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Spiridonov
Ramrod with hook else:
Giovanni Battini, c1460. Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Canon Class Lat. 81, fol. 49v.

I have to admit that I am much surprised to see the down-curved form of the butt as early as the mid-15th c.!!! One never stops learning.

You really made a singular find with this, Alexander!

I feel free to attach a re-worked close-up of the scene. Please note the arquebusier on the right aiming his gun left-handed and firing it by holding a glowing piece of tinder against the touch hole on top of the barrel. Matchlocks were not yet common at that period of time.

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