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ANTIQUE ROYAL NAVY BRONZE SIGNAL CANNON

       


This Very Fine Signal Cannon Has Been Sold.
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ANTIQUE ROYAL NAVY BRONZE SIGNAL CANNON
With Royal Cartouche

left side of cannon image
Right

 

This is one of the finest antique miniature signal cannons we have offered.  This signal cannon is an example of those used by the Royal Navy in the 18th and 19th Centuries.  The workmanship is of exemplary making it a rare find.

                

 



Drawing
 

Presented is a finely made cast bronze 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 exactly follows the drawing above from the Royal Armoury archives of a 17th Century cannon.

Miniature cannons like this were made for presentation, or as a foundry replica of an example of its products or for actual use as a signal cannon. It has no foundry markings, but it does have a large embossed cartouche of an intricate cypher intertwined around the shank of a fowled anchor with the British Royal Crown above. The greenish patina ranges with minor variation over the cannon's length and hardware. The original carriage is made from Mahogany and has well made bronze 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 
      • Centerline trunnions
      • Six 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 back image

The trunnions are located in the center of the tube and date the design to after 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          22 1/4"
Length barrel                       20 1/2"                                   Bore 1 3/64" or 1.04 Cal
Maximum diameter of tube   3 1/2"     at 1st ring 2"           Weight of cannon 20 pounds
Carriage                             11" W x 13 3/8" L x  8" high 

 

Stylized cartouche of fowled anchor with royal crown and initials image


Back of cannon image
ROYAL CARTOUCHE: The image of the intricate cartouche above the picture of the back of the cannon shows a fowled anchor under the royal crown with the initials intertwined with the anchor's shank.  It is clear that the "R" on the right designates Rex for king, but the one on the left is confusing because of its tail. It might be a "G" for George III (1738 - 1820).
 
PROVENANCE:  The cannon was acquired in the normal course of business from a seller who said  it was from a Palm Beach Estate that had a relationship with the Royal family.   

Cannon viewed from the left front image
Cannon viewed from the right front 
              
              
 
             
 
             
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CONDITION:  The naturally aged patina has an even green cast over the length of the barrel and the trunnion caps as well as the axle pins. The touch hole is free to the bore. The wood carriage is in excellent condition with only a few dings and light scratches. There a few other minor marks of age as expected. There are no mold marks or inscriptions other than the fowled anchor and crown as described in detail in the first paragraph.

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

OUR UNCONDITIONAL GUARANTEE: If not completely satisfied with your purchase, it may be returned, if without damage, within five days of receipt in its original packaging. Return items must be insured for their full value. A prior email authorization by us for the return is required. Shipping charges are included in this offer within the continental United States and are refundable if due to our error.

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