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Sundance31 Jul 2020 11:49 a.m. PST

Were the gun carriages painted or plain wood during WotR? Thoughts? Thanks!

MajorB31 Jul 2020 11:50 a.m. PST

Your guess is as good as mine!

Robert Burke31 Jul 2020 12:05 p.m. PST

Obviously, they were red for Lancaster and white for York. :)

Eumelus Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2020 12:10 p.m. PST

While not exactly answering your question, I just learned that Mons Meg (built in 1449) was originally painted in red lead (cost 30 shillings in 1539). On the other hand, when I Googled "medieval cannon period art", all the period illustrations showed brown carriages. I would, however, assume at least linseed oil or other treatment to keep the water out, wouldn't you think?

Dennis31 Jul 2020 9:30 p.m. PST

Well, using BLO (boiled linseed oil) as a treatment for wood furniture on firearms is a grand old English tradition.

Timbo W01 Aug 2020 1:02 a.m. PST

Interesting about Mons Meg, a couple of centuries later the New Model Army were painting gun carriages a 'fair ledd' colour.

Stoppage Supporting Member of TMP01 Aug 2020 1:15 p.m. PST

I love wiki-walks:

Wiki – Falu red

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