A Model Mortar, Germany, 17th Century
Bronze, wood, iron bands and nails. Untouched condition.
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Length: 25,8 cm.
Maximum width: 10,5 cm.
Height: circa 13,5 cm, when barrel kept in an angle of 45 degree.
Bronze barrel with dolphin shaped handles and decorative fillets, on its original wooden bed,
the latter with several forged iron bands attached to the sides with numerous nails in order to
provide the necessary stability of the construction. Also on the edges such a band is running
around the silhouette and neatly fits the curved shape of the wood. On the upper side an iron
latch firmly attaches each trunnion of the barrel to the rack. They were originally fastened by
four locking bolts inserted into wholes of gudgeons, each mounted on the bed and tucking
through the bar. Comparable to life-size mortars of that age chains secured these bolts, so they
would not get lost. In order to hold the mortar in position, there are four rings on the side, fixed
by loops on the iron belts.more