Original 19th Century U.S. Brass Signal Cannon on Custom Iron Fortress Mount

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice U.S. Late 19th Century custom brass Signal cannon, with a barrel reminiscent of the larger fortress guns. While the bore is only about 0.48", these still would give a hearty thump when discharged, perfect for sending short range signals, particularly if used at sea on a small boat.

This features a 9" brass barrel, and it has the standard touch hole ignition. The cannon is mounted in what looks like a fortress style mount, probably made from cast iron components, which is very sturdy. The barrel has the trunions mounted through the thick iron side plates, and there is no way to remove it from the mount without destroying it. There are no markings on the cannon or carriage, so both were most likely custom made at some foundry during the late 19th century. The cannon and carriage together way about 6.4lbs.

At present there is no range or elevation control, and the cannon barrel itself does not have anywhere one might be fitted. The carriage and mount are however substantially built, so this was not intended as just a display piece.

Today these are mostly used to start yacht races, but during the 18th and 19th centuries were a necessary part of Naval Warfare. An extremely attractive example in great shape, ready to put by the fireplace!

Specifications (Barrel):-
Year of Manufacture: late 19th Century
Caliber: 0.48 inches
Ammunition Type: Black Powder
Barrel Length: 9 inches
Width at Trunion: 3 1/4 inches
Ignition: Touch Hole
Feed System: Muzzle-Loaded

Specifications (Mount):-
Overall length: 5 inches
Width of Carriage Base: 3 inches
Height: 3 inches

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