This breech loading signal cannon shown above is a great example of a breech loader probably dating from near the time of the Spanish American War.
Presented is an unusual bronze barreled breech loading cannon mounted on a field type iron carriage. We think this design predates the Spanish American WarMiniature cannons like this were made for actual signaling and for starting yacht races or by the foundry as an example of its work. There are no foundry markings on this example which is not unusual.
The hammer is activated by pulling on the back knob which activates the firing pin. The front section of the barrel unscrews for loading.The barrel has acquired a pleasing aged patina. The carriage is iron and is fitted with some brass hardware. There is some evidence of the cannon being fired.
This cannon is being offered for display only and should not be fired unless inspected by a gunsmith.
The trunnions are located aft of the center of the tube and are held by heavy trunnion caps.
DIMENSIONS:Length Barrel: 14″ Bore 3/4″
Maximum diameter of tube: 1 7/8″ to Bore at 1 1/4 ”
CARRIAGE:8 1/4″ L x 5 3/4″ W x 5 1/4″ high
15 1/2 lbs.
The cannon was acquired in the normal course of business.
CONDITION: The cannon appears to be in good condition. The spring action of the firing knob at the rear of the cannon is in need of lubrication or adjustment to move freely.
The iron carriage is in good condition. Much of the original red paint is missing. It is being sold for display only and should not be fired without being inspected by a gunsmith.
This fine example is being sold for display purposes only. No attempt should be made to fire it without inspection by a gunsmith.