Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1071: Massive 16th Century Germanic Double Barrel Volley Gun

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $5,000

Massive 16th Century Germanic Double Barrel Volley Gun

Manufacturer: Unknown
Model: Flintlock
Type: Other
Gauge: 1 inch
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 777
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 46
Class: Antique

This massive Germanic volley gun features two part octagon barrels in line with bores measuring at just under 1 inch, and both retained in a large wooden mount by one large iron band towards the muzzle end and a spike at the barrel tang. The mount has an extension at the rear to use as a handle for aiming, an iron reinforcing band (one of the securing spikes is absent) behind the barrels, and two large iron spikes on bottom for mounting. Each barrel has a fixed notch rear sight (both shaped differently) and a flash pan at the breech (flash pan covers are absent) in which a fuse would be placed in and lit for ignition. Volley guns were primarily used in defense against massed attackers back in the 15th to early 17th century before they were generally replaced by the 18th and 19th centuries with artillery pieces firing canister or grapeshot for the larger versions and massed infantrymen armed with muskets or sailors with blunderbusses for the smaller versions though experimentation with individually loaded groups of barrels continued and resulted in iconic weapons like the Nock volley gun and French mitrailleuse. Measures 82 1/4 inches (6 foot 10 1/4 inches) in overall length, the left barrel measures at 61 5/8 inches long, the right barrel measures at 61 1/2 inches long.

Rating Definition:

Fair with scattered mild pitting and typical age related wear. Absent flash pan covers and an absent securing spike on the rear securing band as mentioned above.

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