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Old 27th October 2008, 07:05 PM   #4
Matchlock
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Default The maker's mark and the touch hole

Sorry, folks,

I showed the wrong mark.

Now here are the touch hole details - and the actual mark.

Note the remarkable cracks in the 500 year old iron in front of the touch hole; these are often found with such old barrels and are due both to the poor iron quality and the forging techniques of the period. Nevertheless, this piece withstood the heavy loads.

Michael
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