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Old 22nd December 2014, 10:05 AM   #10
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Location: Bavaria, Germany - the center of 15th and 16th century gunmaking
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Hi Ister,

Welcome to the forum.

For a contemporary short Landsknecht snap tinderlock arquebus, ca. 1525-30, the stock also painted green, please see my thread:

and here:

I have done research on several 500-year-old guns with stocks painted either in a darker or lighter green or reddish, and I did extensive research on both this haquebut and that short arquebus, including scratching off tiny particles of their paint - both were absolutely original; the wood underneath the layer of paint in both cases was limewood, and it looked rather dark.

The problem is that medieval layers of pain on caskets and other furniture have never been researched in laboratories, let alone varnishes on weapons. So we actually know very little about their consistency and the treatment of the wood underneath 500 years ago.

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