I have an e-acquaintance from one of my 18th century lists who is looking for some information. Can anyone lend a hand?
Looking for help in tracking down the German word Schimmel.
I know schimmel as meaning "Grandpa's" old barn gun.
A barn gun was a very plain flintlock rifle - one which was sturdy enough to stay year in-year out in its designated place in the barn. It was NOT "a piece of junk" - it was a highly accurate and reliable vermin killer. It was not exactly a "frontier" gun because it was not kept in the house, but rather was always in the barn, handy for use on the spot.
We did find the definition below, but it does not seem to expand to cover a rifle.
Does any out there - perhaps Mohawk Valley Platts Deutsch or "Pennsylvania German -
recognize a schimmel as a "barn gun" of the era?
Schimmel : Old High German
- mold, mildew, to become moldy, a white horse, a grey horse