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cannonmn said:
There's a great photo on pp. 24 of this part of the stuff the link above goes to. It isn't a separately linked photo so you have to go here then to pp. 24:

http://www.klm-mra.be/icomam/icomam/magazine/issue03.pdf?id=2
This issue has a good article on materials used on iron cannons for rust prevention from the 1600's on through the 1800's,
it gives formulas which today's hazmat teams would scream bloody murder about...... example:
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"In 1678 the Ordnance arranged
for the new turned guns to be coated
with a lacquer made from 30 gallons
of linseed oil and 168 pounds of
ground black lead (WO 51/20. 119v)."
 
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