Large Signal Cannon Naval Style Carriage 18th Century

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Large Bronze Signal Cannon

Naval Style Carriage

18th Century

Naval Style Carriage
18th Century

 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

Right side view

Typical of this period, the cannon has:

Prominent cascabal knob
Reinforced chamber
Centerline trunnions
Trunnion caps
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.

Looking down on the 24 pounder signal cannon image


               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.



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