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Royal Navy Ships Iron Signal Cannon George III

 

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ROYAL NAVY IRON SIGNAL CANNON
George Rex Cartouche

left side of cannon image
Right side of cannon image

 

 This signal cannon shown above with raised and lowered barrel is a miniature example of those used by the Royal Navy in the 18th and 19th Centuries when iron replaced bronze.  The workmanship is of very high quality making it an exceptional buy.

PRICE 995.00 plus shipping to 48 contiguous States $85.00

 
Drawing
 

Presented is a finely made iron signal cannon replicating the type that was used by the British Royal Navy during the 18th and early 19th Centuries on the gun decks of Ship's of the Line. Notice that it's design closely follows the drawing above from the Royal Armoury archives of a 17th Century cannon.

Miniature cannons like this were made for for actual use or by the foundry as an example of its work.  There are no foundry markings, but it has a large embossed cartouche of a "GR" cypher beneath the symbol of the British Royal Crown. The G may indicate King George III who served from 1738 until 1820. This is well within the date of this barrels manufacture. The touch hole can be seen at the far right. 

 

Picture of the George Rex seal on this cannon image

 

Unusual for an iron barrel, the pleasing green patina ranges with only minor variations in shade over the cannon's length. The original carriage is made from Oak and is fitted with brass hardware. The bore is free to the touch hole, and shows no evidence of being fired.

The design has the characteristics of the most noteworthy examples of Royal Navy cannons of the 18th and early early 19th Centuries which include:

  • Prominent cascabal knob

  • Reinforced chamber

  • Lower than centerline trunnions

  • Five reinforcing bands  

This cannon is being offered for display only and should not be fired unless inspected by a gunsmith

Cannon viewed from the left back image
Cannon viewed from the right front image

 

The trunnions are located below the center of the tube and date the design to before 1725.  The introduction of the Cronstedt system coincided with the trunnions being located at the mid level of the inner chamber. Before this, they had been placed below the centerline.

DIMENSIONS: 

Cannon Length overall   20 1/2
Length Barrel    20 1/2"                         Bore 7/8"  or.88 Cal
Maximum diameter of tube   3 1/4"     At 1st ring 2 1/4"  Weight of cannon 30 pounds
Carriage 12 1/2" L x 9" W x  6 1/2
" high 

Back of cannon image

PROVENANCE:  The cannon was acquired in the normal course of business at an auction.

 

Overhead view of cannon image

CONDITION:  The green patina seems to be naturally aged and has an even green cast over the length which is unusual for an iron barrel. The brass trunnion caps and axel pins are bright. The touch hole is free to the bore. The wood carriage is in excellent condition, but is missing its aiming block. A replacement has been supplied. The right trunnion cap does not lay flat and its anchor pin is broken off. There some minor marks of age as expected. There are no mold marks or inscriptions other than the Royal crown and GR initials as described in detail in the second paragraph.

This  fine example is being sold for display purposes only. No attempt should be made to fire it without inspection by a gunsmith.

STANDARD FLAT RATE SHIPPING & PACKING to 48 contiguous States, $60.00

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