Cannon with screw elevating gear

Cannon with screw elevating gear

Cannon with screw elevating gear

Inv. 411
Interpretation by Giovenale Argan, 1952 - 1953

This is one of the three firearms drawn by Leonardo on the same folio. It comprises a very easily manoeuvrable carriage mounted on wheels, and its elevation can be adjusted in height by means of a screw. This gun, which is front-loaded and has a bronze muzzle, was meant to be used in field action by infantrymen.

The model is based on the drawing:

  • Codex Atlanticus f. 76 v. (1478-1480)
    Milano, Biblioteca Ambrosiana