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A VERY EARLY & EXTREMELY RARE 15TH CENTURY GERMAN IRON HAND-CANNON, ca. 1450: In overall fine untouched condition. Deeply oxidized and rust-patinated wrought, iron surfaces with the expected signs of use/wear, patches of discoloration, scattered pitting and forge-roughness. Of classic, mid-15th Century, German, Hand-Cannon form with a wrought forged, 7”, heavy, (17 lbs.) bulbous-type, iron barrel with an integral powder-chamber with a pronounced octagonal breech. The powder-chamber with its early form, top-mounted, vent-type touch-hole and the slightly flared rounded muzzle with a 1.00+ caliber bore. Marked, on the left side of its breech with an Arrow-shaped maker's mark (similar to Stockel No. 5733). Mounted on an old, molded and simply carved, dark-colored, “Tiller”-type, wooden Stock with numerous scattered scuffs, abrasions, age-cracks and handling marks. The stock of mid-15th Century Germanic design with a long and tapered handle and a large rectangular block-form forestock with a carved barrel-channel. A simple, nail-fastened, wrought iron barrel-band with rust-patinated and pitted surfaces, en suite with the barrel. In fine+ condition with an untouched chocolate-brown-colored age-patina and the expected signs of wear from use and exposure. Retains a rich russet-brown patina with scattered pitting and forge-roughness. Some expected bore-irregularity, rust-stains, signs of use, age and wear. Exhibits hand-forged wrought-iron surfaces with evident hammer-marks and surface-laminations. Overall length 35". A virtually identical Hand Cannon is preserved at the Bern, (Switzerland) History Museums (Fernwaffen, Seite 76, Inventory No. 2112). For additional information & pictures of similar examples, Please see M. L. Brown’s: “Firearms in Colonial America…” & Dudley Pope’s: “Guns”, pgs. 31 & 41). A rare, original 15th Century, European (German) Hand-Cannon, ca. 1450. Seldom seen outside of Noble European Estate or Museum Collections.