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PERSONAL BRONZE LANTAKA CANNON
Swivel Gun Early1900's!
Known as a personal cannon, the Lantaka was popular in the East Indies
starting in the 16 th Century, where they were mounted on small ships as swivel guns, and also considered a form of currency.
They were not only intended for use as weapons, but were admired for their beauty.
Presented is a cast bronze cannon of a traditional Lantaka
with a flared barrel at the front. It is decidedly Indonesian in design with raised floral and geometric designs at
the front and rear. It has a yoke and pin which makes it a swivel gun for use on the bulwark
of a ship. The extension at the rear was to insert a wooden stock in the hollow tube for aiming. Its proportions follow
that of a ship's long gun.
USE: It is of the type of weapon that was used as a presentation
piece, for personal protection in close in fighting, as a signaling device, or as a form of currency in earlier times.
When this cannon was cast, its use was strictly as that of currency and to enhance the importance and prestige of its owner.
CONDITION: The cannon has sight front and rear,
and a rich dark, patina with green overtones. The trunnions are cast as part of the barrel which is traditional.
There are no mold marks, but there are the classic Indonesian floral and geometric designs enhanced by the desirable
figure of an alligator above the pivot point. On each side is a cast in place VOC cartouche on the sides
behind the alligator. VOC was the sign of the Dutch East India Company. The touch hole has a rim around it
and is clear to the bore which runs the length of the barrel. There is a fracture around the casting at
This fine example of a Lantaka
is being sold for display purposes only, and no attempt should be made to fire it. There is an old fracture at the breech.
DIMENSIONS: 24 3/4" LOA x 2 5/8“ W at
breech, 1 3/4" at first band
WEIGHT: 28 lbs
Barrel, reinforcing bands and sight
Pinion, yoke and swivel pin
Touch hole and fracture
GUARANTEE OF SATISFACTION: We guarantee that you must be satisfied on receiving your
purchase and our description is entirely accurate or your money back. The only conditions are that an email
authorization be obtained within three days, and that the item is returned in its original condition and packaging,
insured for its full value. Unfortunately, shipping charges are not included in this offer and are non-refundable unless due
to our error.
HISTORY: Usually the better quality miniature personal cannons were cast in Holland, Europe and England starting in the 1600's.
These were finer in detail, design, and quality then those that were made in the Spice Islands. They were intended
as a presentation piece, for personal protection in close in fighting, as a signaling device, or as a form of currency.
The quality of this casting indicates that its origin was in Indonesia from where it was likely made in the first quarter
of the 20th Century.
INTERNATIONAL BIDDERS welcome, but inquire first. We have customers in Australia, Austria, Bermuda,
Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong,
Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait. New Zealand, Norway, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, Singapore,
Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, USVI and the Eastern Caribbean. The list is growing.
represents an outstanding example of a Lantaka with lots of detail and refined proportions. Buy this magnificent
collector's cannon Now!
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