Antique Ships Signal Cannon Iron Barrel Wood Carriage

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Antique iron cannons
on ship’s carriages are becoming scarce. This one likely dates dates from the
Civil War. They were to make salutes, announce a danger, and to call attention
in the case of an emergency both at sea and ashore. They were also used to start
yacht races.

Presented is a very
heavy old cast iron cannon on
a ship’s carriage that replicates the kind of guns that were used by our Navy
from the time of the revolution until the 1850’s when more advanced designs went
into service. This one was likely made bewteen the Civil War and before the Turn
of the 20th Century. 
barrel’s touch hole and bore do not
show any residue of black powder.

the bottom of the barrel is the name “Hanson”
cast in place. A careful search for old foundries of that name on the internet
produced no results nor did our review of our published books on cannon

CONDITION: The tube shows a coating of light rust and age. All the iron has
almost all its original paint and is in very good condition. The wood carriage
shows the marks of age, and its original varnish shows loses. Expect to find the
customary small chips and minor cracks. There is evidence of old repairs. The
 hole is open to the bore. The trunnion caps are expensive castngs
which indicates the higher than usual quilaity of this piece. Each is held in
place by two square nuts. The wheels, and axles are of iron. There are
other minor expected marks of age. Other than the name 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


Cannon Length overall 14 1/2″
Length Overall 17″

barrel               12 1/4″
Bore  1 1/16″

Width           3 1/2″            
of cannon   31 pounds

Carriage 8 1/2″
W x 13″ L x 8 1/2″ wheels 


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