Artifact of the Day

2002.03

Heavy arquebus barrel converted to a light cannon

Germany or Switzerland (about 1500)

Octagonal barrel, about 27 mm bore, ball stuck inside near muzzle. Slightly flaring muzzle with sight. Touchhole on upper side of breech; socket at the end of the breech. Decoration of triangle motif between breech section and the rest of the barrel. The trunnion ring appears to be a later addition.