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H Richards
H Richards • 2 years ago

MEDIEVAL HAND CANNON: Dating from 1350, this hand cannon is a very crude and rudimentary shoulder arm that represents an important milestone in the progression of gunpowder technology. The piece is nothing more than a hand-forged iron tube that would be filled with black powder, stuffed with makeshift projectiles, shouldered and fired by applying a burning match to a touch-hole.This particular artifact has provenance to the Archduke Eugen collection at Salzburg Castle.

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