Bronze & Cast Iron
Civil War Mountain Howitzer
Signal Cannon

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Bronze Barrel Iron Carriage Vintage bronze signal cannons are increasingly rare finds. They were used ashore and afloat to make salutes, announce
a danger, and to call attention in the case of an emergency. They were also used to start yacht races.  This
cannon replicates that of a Mountain Howitzer of the Civil War Era.

Presented is a great looking bronze
barreled signal cannon that follows the design of the Mountain Howitzers that were used in the Civil War.
They could also be mounted on gunboats. It was designed to use the same shells as a 12 pound field gun, but did so weighing
half as much in its scaled down size and became known a a “Bull Pup”. It could be quickly broken down and carried by three
mules over the mountains and through the plains. This cannon is mounted on a cast iron carriage with
iron wheels. The barrel’s touch hole and bore show black powder residue.

DIMENSIONS: Cannon Length overall 17″
barrel   9 1/2″
Bore 3/4″ or 75 Cal
Maximum Width   8″
Weight of cannon   21 1/5 lbs
Carriage 8″ W x 16″ L x 8 1/2″ wheels

of the carriage has Barney’s Cannons, Inc over So. Bend, Indiana cast in place. Our research indicates that Barney’s
was a small backyard maker

of signal cannons who operated from 1964 to 1969. They had three basic models in their line almost

all of which were made of cast iron and intended to be fired. They were a miniature revolutionary field gun, a 4th of July
noisemaker which looked like the ubiquitous Winchester signal cannon and the mountain howitzer which was made with an iron
barrel and only a few with a bronze barrel.

This exceedingly fine example is being sold for display purposes only. No attempt
should be made to fire it without inspection by a gunsmith.

CONDITION: The tube shows evidence of use, and appears to be in good condition. The touch hole
is open to the bore. The cast-iron carriage has some loss of it black paint and has some scattered white
paint streaks. The trunnion caps are made from sheet medal and held in place by four hex nuts, two at each end.
One of the straps has a crack which still holds it. The wheels, axles are of iron. There are other minor expected
marks of age. Other than the maker’s name and address, there are no other mold marks or inscriptions. This exceedingly fine example is being sold for display purposes only. No attempt
should be made to fire it without inspection by a gunsmith.


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