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ANTIQUE IRON NAVAL SIGNAL CANNON Ca 1885

Made in the style of their period or replicating their larger brethren, small signal cannons were generally used on ship and on shore 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. 
 
Presented is an iron, breech loading naval signal cannon on an iron carriage. Its design resembles the Hotchkiss 3 and 6 pounders of 1885 and also others such as a single shell Maxim-Nordenfelt of the same era. The carriage was originally painted and the finish is heavily crackled. The tube has a dark greenish grey to black patination


The signal cannon is a miniature iron, breech loader, on an iron carriage. LOA 18 inches, Bore 13 mm, weighing 14 lbs. It is a functioning miniature likely made by a foundry as a sample of how the full size cannon would appear. It was designed for black powder and the touch hole appears in a number of photos. It was also suitable as a signal or salute cannon.  It may be a Hotchkiss or foundry sample such as the picture on the left which is a museum display and not for sale. It is shown for the similarity in design.

 

The proportions are typical of a British warship's smaller deck guns. This represents a fine example of an iron miniature working cannon with excellent detail and proportions. However, it is being sold as an antique display piece and should not be fired without having a gunsmith inspect it.

 

 

OFFERED FOR DISPLAY ONLY. SHOULD NOT BE FIRED



We estimate its age as at least 126 years old.

 

CONDITION: The cannon shows marks of its age, but is in overall fine condition. Note in the pictures of the breech that the cascabal has a crack. This does not affect the functionality of the cannon.However, it is sold for display only. 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:
 
Iron Cannon              18"           Length overall 
Length barrel             14 1/2"     Bore                         13 MM
Diameter at muzzle     1“            Diameter at breech      2“
Diameter at 2nd step  1 1/8“     
Weight of cannon        14 pounds  
 
This exceedingly fine example is being sold for display purposes only, and no attempt should be made to fire it.
 
                           13 MM Bore
                                    Breech Plug 
                        Elevation wheel

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