Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bavaria, Germany - the center of 15th and 16th century gunmaking
Originally Posted by M ELEY
These are truly amazing items. In Gilkerson's "Boarders Away II", he shows some of these in a Swedish? museum and remarks that they were one of the earliest incendiary weapons used against the rigging of ships in naval combat, circa 16th/17th century. These are extremely rare items! Are the ones pictured yours, Michael, or are they museum pics. If they are yours, I am sick with envy!!!
Hi, M ELEY,
Thanks for your nice lines.
The two incendiary quarrels on top used to be in my collection until about 15 years ago when I passed them to a friend of mine who had concentrated on earliest crossbows and stuff. My field is earliest firearms.
The ones below I photographed in the Swiss National Museum Zurich, togehter with the 'recipe'.
These earliest accouterments sure range among the greatest rarissimae