Small signal cannons were generally made
in the style of the period of when they were made. They were used
on ship and on shore to make salutes, to warn of danger, and to attract attention in the case of an emergency. They were also
used to start yacht races.
Presented is an late 19th
or early 20th Century ship’s signal cannon with bronze barrel mounted on a wood carriage. It comes from Ireland where it was
discovered near Dublin, among a foundry’s scarp in 1959. There is an old type written label on the bottom which says it was
unlawful to possess such a weapon during the time of the “Troubles“, 1916-1921. Its proportions are typical of a British warship’s long gun, and it is fitted to its original shipboard carriage. This
represents a fine example of a bronze ships signal cannon with excellently detail and the correct
OFFERED FOR DISPLAY ONLY. SHOULD NOT BE FIRED
NUTS AND BOLTS: There is common misconception
“Metal screws and nuts
We estimate its age as at least 120 years, but
CONDITION: The cannon shows marks
of its age, but is in overall fine condition. However, it is sold for display only. The trunnions are
cast as part of the barrel which is customary and the trunnion caps are present. There are no mold marks or inscriptions.
14″ Lent overall
13 1/2″ Bore 3/4″
Diameter at first band 1 1/4“ at last band 2 1/8“
Width at trunnion
Weight of cannon 9 pounds 3
This exceedingly fine example is being sold for display purposes
only, and no attempt should be made to fire it.