ONE OF THE OLDEST FORMS OF FIREARMS EXTANT! This is a circa 1400s to early 1500s Hand Cannon!
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Category: Antique Pistols - 1500-1850 - Antique Rifles - 1500-1850
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Company: William T. Goodman
Member Since: 10/16/15
First Name: William
Last Name: Goodman
Country: United States
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VERY UNUSUAL OFFERING! ONE OF THE OLDEST FORMS OF FIREARMS EXTANT! This is a circa 1400s to early 1500s Hand Cannon! Truly the first type of firearm used anywhere in the world. Almost all of this genre of firearm come from archeological sites where all such artifacts end up in museums and almost never on the collector market. This example, like nearly all in existence, is made of heavy iron that is now heavily and evenly pitted from age. Probably of European origin, possibly German, this large example is approximately 5 1/4” long and approximately 2 1/4” wide at the muzzle. It is octagon shaped with a 1” bore diameter. There is a slight flair to the rear end and a more pronounced flair to the front end of this weapon. The touch hole for placing the lit “wick” or match is located approximately ¾” from the rear. These primitive firearms were typically lashed to the end of a pole and muzzle loaded with ball, shot or even stones and ignited through the touch hole. Usually they were used by a team of two in which one held and “aimed” the pole with loaded hand cannon attached while the second member of the team held the match or burning stick. Upon command, the match holder placed the burning end to the touch hole and set off the charge. The hand cannon is now an elusive item for any arms collection as most are not on the collector market, but rather on exhibit in castles or museums in Europe. Few come up for sale. One example, similar to this one, was offered at by Hermann Historica, Munich, 7 April, 2008. It sold for 2400 Euro. (papers showing photos of that item and sale included with this similar hand cannon) I doubt there are many of these in private collections.