Fifteenth-Century Gunpowder Artillery
in
Museums

'Pumhardt'
ca. 1400-50 wrought-iron bombard
Heeregeschichtliches Museum, Vienna, Austria
89.41 cm. [35.2 in.] caliber
251.46 cm. [8 ft 3 in.] length
7,221.26 kg. [7 tons 1,920 lbs.]

ca. 1450+ wrought-iron bombard
Heeregeschichtliches Museum, Vienna, Austria
16.26 cm. [6.4 in.] caliber
91.44 cm. [3 ft] length
124.74 kg. [275 lbs.]

ca. 1450 wrought-iron bombard [mortar]
Bernisches Historisches Museum, Berne, Switzerland
17.27 cm. [6.8 in.] caliber
38.1 cm. [1 ft 3 in.] length
36.74 kg. [81 lbs.]
reconstructed carrage of possible contemporary design

ca. 1450 bronze culverin
Musée de Morat, Morat, Switzerland
7.11 cm [2.8 in.] caliber
81.28 cm. [2 ft 8 in.] length
reconstructed carrage of possible later design
captured from Burgundian army

Canon: chambre à poudre amovible ou 'boîte' d'un grand veuglaire, moulée en fonte et contenant son boulet de fonte.
[Removable, cast iron, powder chamber of a large veuglaire type cannon with its iron cannon ball.]
Milieu XVe s
L. 44 cm; Calibre 10.5 cm
[inv M.P. 301]

Rare particuarité poignée de portage articulée sur un collier de fer forgé en deux pièces.
[Particularly rare movable handle with a collar of iron forged in two pieces]

Photographed in 2001 at Musée de Provins et du Provinois.


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