Made in the style of their period or replicating
their larger brethren, small signal cannons were generally
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 iron, breech
loading naval signal cannon on an iron carriage. Its design resembles the Hotchkiss 3 and 6 pounders of 1885 and also others
such as a single shell Maxim-Nordenfelt of the same era. The
carriage was originally painted and the finish is heavily crackled. The tube has a dark greenish grey to black patination
The proportions are typical of a British warship’s smaller deck guns. This represents a fine example of an iron miniature working cannon with excellent detail and proportions. However, it is being sold as an
OFFERED FOR DISPLAY ONLY. SHOULD NOT BE FIRED
We estimate its age as at least 126 years old.
CONDITION: The cannon shows marks
of its age, but is in overall fine condition. Note in the pictures of the breech that the cascabal has a crack. This does not affect the functionality
of the cannon.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.
18″ Length overall
14 1/2″ Bore
Diameter at muzzle 1“
Diameter at breech 2“
Diameter at 2nd step 1 1/8“
Weight of cannon 14 pounds
This exceedingly fine example is being sold for display purposes
only, and no attempt should be made to fire it.