Smaller size 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.Presented is a very fine cast bronze mortar cannon in a steel carriage. It is marked Pierre Le Grand, but we were unable to identify whether or not this was the makers mark or if this was the owner. We believe it dates to the early 19th century.The bronze barrel has a fine aged patina , and is mounted on a very heavy steel and wood carriage, This piece makes a very interesting s and dramatic display. There is a prominent touch hole and 3 aiming marks on the top of the cannon. The carriage has a wood aiming block.Touch Hole and airming marks
Center line trunnions
Aiming wedge 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.
Looking down on the 24 pounder signal cannon image Showing
the side Showing
Markings on the barrel: Pierre Le Grand
9 1/4″ L x 4 3/4″ W x 5 1/2 H Bore 1 3/8″Barrel Width at base: 1 7/8″ front
reinforcing band at muzzle 2 5/8″ Weight: 13 1/2 lbs.DIMENSIONS CARRIAGE:9 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ W x 3 3/4″ Height CONDITION: This fine piece is in excellent condition. We think it dates to early 19th century. The steel carriage looks as if it had a painted surface at one time. 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 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.