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14Bore31 Aug 2019 2:46 p.m. PST

Besides counter weight I think it also was needed in casting

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2019 3:05 p.m. PST

The cascabel was the rear ring assembly at the breech of the piece to which the sight could be attached. It was immediately behind the vent. It ran from the band of the breech to the end of the button. The parts that it included were the breech, the listel, the neck, and the button (bouton in French), the latter also being referred to as the knob.

When the piece was being lifted by a gin (or windlass), the ropes used were tied to the dolphins and the cascabel knob.

John Armatys31 Aug 2019 3:14 p.m. PST

A rope round it and the muzzle, lets you lift the barrel using an A frame or shear legs so you can change the carriage.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP01 Sep 2019 1:34 a.m. PST

This would indeed need a lifting frame of course (as per more than one model eg the old Westfalia one). It would need ropes attached to each trunnion also to prevent rotation I imagine

The barrel could also be lifted by humans (indeed needed to be when there were two positions, carrying and firing.) The handspikes through the dolphins and a dirty great rammer/sponge pushed right down the barrel gave them something to heave upon……at least those that still had dolphins

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