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Rare Model 1840 Mexican War Signal Cannon

This Fine Relic Has Been Sold. Thank you!

RARE MODEL 1840
MEXICAN WAR 6 POUND MINIATURE SIGNAL CANNON

Left side of cannon image
Right side of elevated cannon image

Bronze Barrel Oak Carriage

 

Without qualification this is the finest antique miniature signal cannon we have seen The workmanship is of the highest quality making it an exceptional find. This cannon is a foundry model of the rare M 1840 6 Pound Field Cannon of the Mexican War Era. 

        

 

Presented

is a bronze barreled signal cannon which may be modeled after the design of the M1840 Field Cannons that were used in the Mexican War. Only 27 were made by the N.P. Ames company of Springfield, Mass., before additional redesign by the lengthening of the barrel by six inches resulted in the M1841. The latter were made by four major armories in far greater number totaling over 817. The trunnions extend from the center of the barrel and the bore extends to the touch hole.




 

Top of barrel image showing touch hole image
Bottom of barrel image

The 6-pounder field gun was a lightweight, mobile piece that was a favorite of the field artillery in the first half of the nineteenth century. Changes in technology and design largely made them obsolete by the beginning of the American Civil War. However, due to a shortage in arms some 6-pounders saw action on both sides. 

 
The barrel is mounted on a wood carriage with wood spoked wheels having iron bands just as in the full size version.  Metal bands are also fitted to the hubs. The machinery and wood work is masterfully made and nd joined so that the entire assembly fits together with precision. Elevation is adjusted by an iron turn screw with four handles. The barrel's touch hole and bore are connected.
 
Carriage without barrel image
Underside of carriage image
 
 
MARKINGS & PROVENANCE: There are no markings. The cannon was acquired in the normal course of business from a seller who said he thought it was English in make and had come from a New York Estate.
 
  

Cannon viewed from the left rear image
Cannon


Closeupf undercarriage details image

CONDITION:  There is a flat spot on the right muzzle molding. The touch hole is open to the bore. The wood carriage is in excellent condition and its fittings are accurate to the period. The rims around the wheels, and hubs are slightly loose. We did not want to glue them. There are minor marks of age as expected. There are no other mold marks or inscriptions. There is light surface rust on many of the iron parts.

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

DIMENSIONS: 

Cannon Length overall 16 1/2"
Length barrel              9"          Bore 7/16" or 44 Cal
Maximum Width          7 3/4"               Weight of cannon 6 pounds
Carriage 8" W x 13 3/8" L x  6 1/8" wheels 

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