WILLIAM MEUSE SIGNAL CANNON
Cannons such as this were used to signal other ships to pass orders and information, to salute other vessels in passing, to sound a mutiny, and in time of fog, as a distance off signal.This is a high quality cast bronze cannon mounted in the classic naval carriage of the type that was on the gun decks of ship’s. It was made by William Meuse, a well known historian associated with The Company of Military Historians. He was an NP Historian at the Saratoga Battlefield, and well known for his exceptional reproductions of military cannons. This piece has his mark. “W:Meuse/Fecit”.
This cannon is being offered for display only and should not be fired unless inspected by a gunsmith!
The oak shipboard style wood carriage is nicely made and the classic design for the period.
There is a prominent cascabal knob
Center line trunnions
Authentic shipboard style wood carriage
A low location of the trunnions would date the tube’s design to 1725. After 1725, with the introduction of the Cronstedt system, the trunnions were located at the mid level of the inner chamber as with this gun, they are placed at the central position.
the aiming block in detail This cannon is being offered for display
only and should not be fired unless inspected by a gunsmith.
Trunnions ends are marked No. 13 and 4 xx
The barrel has a Broad arrow which signifies British military
Markings on the barrel: W:Meuse / Fecit (Fecit is Latin for “he made”) Length overall
Length of barrel 23 1/2″ Bore 1 1/2″ Width at Midline 3 1/2″ Width at rear 5 1/2″
Width, front reinforcing band at muzzle 4″
DIMENSIONS CARRIAGE:19 1/2″
LOA x 11 1/2″ Height
Estimated TotalWeight 125 pounds
CONDITION: William Meuse was known to work with the Lapan’s Foundry in Hudson Falls, NY, so the casting may have been done at that foundry. Overall, this fine piece is in very good condition. The aiming wedge is present. The trunnions are cast as part of the barrel at the center section of the barrel, and the bore is clear to the touch hole. There are various markings on the barrel which have been explained. The cannon has not been fired and should be inspected by a licensed gunsmith before hand. However, it is being sold only for display.
This cannon is being offered for display only and should not be fired unless inspected by a gunsmith.