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newlyncopper
posted : February 26, 2006 Post subject: voc cannon
I am currentlt researching a bronze cannon , I beleive it is a VOC demi culverin which although quite damaged still has some readable lettering
"WILLEM WICEWAERT ME F...." AND "A . 1605"
the cannon also has a WOC emblem and " 16..Z"
I beleive the "ME F" is "me fecit" latin and that the name may relate to Willem Wegewart,
Any help with info especially about the foundry would be appreciated.
THANKS


 
horlogeveer
posted : November 5, 2006 Post subject: voc cannon
Hi,
Although its a long time ago, I hope you check this question now and then.
You are right to read the inscription as Willem Wegewart, this is the earliest gun known by Willem, all other guns are by his sons or grandsons. The oldest one known is from 1623 the youngest from 1659/60. Supposedly he was born before 1544 and he died in 1602 or 1637. (there is some confusion, maybe he had a son that was called Willem too). He worked in Deventer (Holland) His sons also worked in Enkhuizen & The Hague. He was very famous in his days and sold his products, ranging from bells to guns, not only in Holland but also to Norway. He originally came from Muenster (Germany).
The emblem would be the VOC = Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie, that started in 1602, or WIC = Westindische Compagnie, trading to the WestIndies, but they started only from 1621.
This is quite an exciting find, since no guns of his seem to have survived. I would appreciate some pictures!

 
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