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ANTIQUE CAST IRON SHIP'S SIGNAL CANNON Ca 1875

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VINTAGE CAST IRON SHIPS SIGNAL CANNON

Late 1800's

Signal cannons were used aboard ship to make salutes, to warn of danger, and to attract attention in the case of an emergency. They were also used to start yacht races.  These cannons were generally cast in the style of the period to which they belong.

Presented is an early 19th Century design cast iron signal cannon which was likely made in England in the last quarter of the 19 th Century. Its proportions are typical of a British warship's long gun of a century easier, and it is fitted to its original shipboard carriage which is also cast iron. This signal cannon was purchased in Brookline, Massachusetts at Bonham's & Butterfield's Maritime Auction. Note the touch hole and the smoke residue at the bore showing that it has been fired. None the less, it is being sold for display purposes only, and no attempt should be made to fire it without it first being inspected by a gunsmith.
 
NUTS AND BOLTS: There is common misconception that hexagon nuts and bolts were not invented an used until sometime after 1908. That is plain wrong. There are numerous references to square headed and hexagon headed bolts being used in ship construction in the 1860's and being used in the fastening of armor much earlier. The most authoritative statement exists in  Encyclopedia Britannica's Article 39228 which is quoted here:

"Metal screws and nuts appeared in the 15th century. The square or hexagonal head or nut was turned with an appropriate box wrench; a T-handled socket wrench was developed in the 16th century. Some screws used in 16th-century armour have slots (nicks) in which a screwdriver may have been used, although this tool is not shown. Deep notches on the circumferences of the heads of other armour screws suggest that some type of pronged device was used to turn them. Slotted, roundheaded screws were used in the 16th century, but few screw-and-nut-fastened clocks are in evidence earlier than the 17th century. Metal screws were called machine, or machinery, screws since they were made of metal and mated with threaded holes."

We are conservatively estimating its age as at least 130 years, but it could be much earlier. 

CONDITION: The cannon is painted in black witch seems to be original. Most of the paint is intact, and there is only a few chips and missing pieces. It is in fine condition, but because of its age should not be fired. The trunnions are cast as part of the barrel which is customary and the trunnion caps are present. There are no mold marks or inscriptions.
 
DIMENSIONS:
 
Bronze Cannon     15 3/8"   Lenght overall 
Length barrel         14 1/2"   Bore 3/4"
Width at trunnion     4 3/4"
Weight of cannon   30 1/2 pounds  
 
This exceedingly fine example is being sold for display purposes only, and no attempt should be made to fire it.
 
                            Top View
                              Touch hole
 
             Smoke residue at barrel
                            Elevated barrel

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This represents an outstanding example of a cast iron  ships signal cannon with exceptional detail and refined proportions. Buy this magnificent collector's cannon Now!
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