Rare Dahlgren Civil War
Bronze Miniature Signal Cannon

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Civil War Era!
Signal cannons were used aboard
ship to make salutes, as a danger, and to call attention in the case of an emergency. They were also used to
start yacht races.  These cannons were made in the style of the period in  which they were used. This is the finest antique small bronze signal
or salute cannon we have had in a long time and the first of this type since 2006It
replicates a Dahlgren  Mid 19th Century ship’s 11 inch, 32 pound, mussel loading smooth bore of Civil
War vintage. Most Dahlgren’s were use on board ships, and this one mounts on a wood ship’s type carriage. A few were also used as field guns during the Civil War.
The “soda bottle” design was unique to this style cannon which was invented by Rear Adm. John Dahlgren. It became the workhorse of the U.S. Navy throughout the Civil War. These smooth bore, muzzle-loading weapons
came in 9″, 11″ and 15″ sizes and fired shells or solid shot. They were originally mounted on heavy wooden carriages in
shipboard naval fashion, but the larger versions were mounted on heavy cast-iron carriages that traversed
360 degrees from the deck’s centerline. The picture below shows an 11″ Dahlgren on the steam sloop-of-war USS Kearsarge.
Through the 1880s and 1890s many views of a later-model Dahlgren were circulated under the title “The Gun That Sank the Alabama.”
CONDITION: The tube is in excellent condition with only the minor expected marks of age. There
are no mold marks or inscriptions. It has one large reinforcing band at the trunnions which has no caps on the carriage.

The carriage is partially carved from a tree trunk and may not be original. Its black paint
is old and has some minor loss and a few blemishes.
12″                    Length
overall 12″
barrel          12″                    Bore
9/16″ or 56 Cal
Maximum Width       7″
of cannon   9 pounds Carriage 4 1/2′
x 9 1/4′ x 4 1/2″     Weight Carriage 2 lbs 4 oz

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