Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bavaria, Germany - the center of 15th and 16th century gunmaking
A Unique Detached Brass Breech for a Breech Loading Arquebus, ca. 1500
Sold at Hermann Historica, Munich, on October 5, 2009, hammer price 1,350 euro.
In excavated but perfectly preserved condition, originally forming part of a set of interchangeable breeches for a light rapid firing arquebus like the one presented in the previous post.
The tiny touch hole features a small pan like moulding. We may safely assume that the hook shaped staged lug on the underside drilled in the middle was scheduled to receive a horizontal blocking pin when inserted in the rear end of the gun ready to fire.
Overall length 13 cm, bore 12 mm
This, together with the one discussed previously, are the only two items of their kind that are known to me.