Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bavaria, Germany - the center of 15th and 16th century gunmaking
This is the oldest known large powder horn (29 cm) that ever occurred to me, ca. 1540-60.
The basal plate on the iron top mount shows a Late-Gothic embossed and curved decoration and a combined spring-loaded top lever and cap, on the underside (belly) there is a spanner for a wheellock.
All the iron mounts retain a lot of their original blueing, the item is heavily patinated overall.
Sold Czerny's, 16.2.2002, lot 266.