Antique Patent Application Model Miniature Cannon

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left side of cannon with lowered barrel image
Right side of cannon with lowered barrel image

 The ship’s
carriage shown above was possibly submitted with a patent application. 
The high quality
carriage mounted on a replica ship’s deck and bulwark cutaway display complete the presentation. The barrels on the two
pictures above have been blurred to emphasize the carriage.

is a prototype of a ship’s carriage upon which is mounted an miniature iron barreled Parrot tube. The two part Mahogany
carriage consists of an upper and lower section. The upper section allows the cannon’s barrel to traverse right and left
and aim up and down. The lower section of the carriage rides on a 6 1/2″ rod mounted on the deck which maintains
its lateral position by allowing the lower carriage to slide in an out across the ship’s beam. The innovations on this
carriage were a giant step forward in controlling movement of a shipboard cannon.

assembly is mounted on a cutaway display replicating a ship’s bulwark and deck. The model was possibly used in conjunction
with a patent application for the carriage prior to the Civil War. The workmanship is of very high quality as
is the finish.

The drawing below is that of a
typical ship’s cannon prior to this innovation:

are no foundry markings on this example which is not unusual.  There is a small touch hole above the rear chamber, but
no attempt should be made to fire it.

Top view of the Parrot cannon traversed to the right image

The original
carriage and cutaway display are made from Mahogany and Walnut. The woods have almost all of their original
finish remaining. The carriage is fitted with the customary blocks and tackle for use on a ship.

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 rear image


Cannon Length overall   19″ Length Barrel    10″      Bore 37/64″
or .57 Cal
Maximum diameter of tube   1 1/2″     At 1st
ring 1″  Weight of cannon 7 lbs. 9 oz.
Diameter of wheels 1.07″

Traversed view of front of Parrot cannon image

ACCESSORIES: 4 1/4″ x 7/8″ x 1/4″ Walnut plank with single transverse
groove.   1 3/4″ long Walnut Aiming block with handle. 3/4″ x 1/2″ x 1/2″ rectangular Mahogany

PROVENANCE:  The cannon comes from a large private collection of
cannons and was acquired in the normal course of business.

Front view of cannon image
Rear view of cannon image

CONDITION:  The the turned steel barrel has an applied
bronze finish which is worn allowing the patinized steel to show through making a very handsome appearance. Its two large
trunnions are centered on the tube and held by two heavy cast trunnion caps. The touch hole at the top of the breech
enters the tube on a slant, but we can not be sure that it goes through to the bore because of its small diameter.  The
tube is in sound condition and shows no evidence of being fired.

The carriage is made of Mahogany and there is a small old crack at the top left front of the upper half
which is designed to traverse above the lower carriage which has a front and rear axle, each with two wood wheels.
The center of the lower carriage has a 6 1/2″ rod that runs from the bulkhead to a point two thirds the width of
the deck. Hence, the entire cannon moves straight in and out from the bulkhead and cannot slide to either side as it would
using a carriage of normal design. The bulwark and deck may be made of Walnut.

There are some other minor marks of age as expected. There are no maker’s marks or inscriptions.

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

contiguous States, $45


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