Large Bronze Signal Cannon
Naval Style Carriage
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 fine cast bronze cannon of the type that was on the gun decks of ships of the line during the time of the War of 1812 and earlier. In a simplified form, it replicates the 24-pound cannons on frigates of the Continental Navy such as the USS Constitution.
Length of barrel: 24 1/2″ Bore 1 3/4″
Width at rear 4″
Width, at Trunnions 3 1/2″
Outside Width at Bore: 2 3/4″
CARRIAGE: 15 1/2″ x 9″ Height
Total Weight: 47 pounds
Typical of this period, the cannon has:
Prominent cascabal knob
Shipboard style wood carriage
This cannon is being offered for display only and should not be fired unless inspected by a gunsmith!
The barrel has been recently polished and has a fine finish. There is a prominent touch hole just forward of the reinforcing ring before the chamber. There are several abrasions showing use. There are no Foundry marks.
The cannon is on a simplified version of a shipboard-style wood carriage of contemporary construction with plates over the trunnions.
Front View Showing the aiming block in detail
This cannon is being offered for display only and should not be fired unless inspected by a gunsmith.