Signal cannons were used to make salutes, warn of danger,
and to attract attention in the case of an emergency. They were also used to start yacht races. These cannons were
generally cast in the style of the period to which they belong.
THE CARRIAGE was married to the barrel by the prior
owner, and is an absolutely wonderful relic in its own right. The metal work and machining show the highest level of craftsmanship.
The chassis of the carriage is made of 1/8 inch sheet metal that is screwed to a machined casting that acts as the barrel’s
bed. The length of the sides have contrasting brass studs. The wheels are of machined steel with spokes made of cast brass
that are held in place by riveted machined hubs.
Length 8 3/4″
Width of wheels 5 1/8″ Height
Weight of carriage
3 lbs 10 oz
NUTS AND BOLTS: There is common misconception that hexagon
nuts and bolts were not invented an used until sometime after 1908. That is plain wrong. There are numerous references to
square headed and hexagon headed bolts being used in ship construction in the 1860’s and being used in the fastening of armor
much earlier. The most authoritative statement exists in Encyclopedia Britannica’s Article 39228 which is quoted here:
“Metal screws and nuts appeared in the 15th century.
but it could be earlier.
This exceedingly fine example is being sold for display purposes only, and
no attempt should be made to fire it.