Original Imperial Russian 18th Century 12-Pounder Demi Culverin Bronze Cannon with Oak Naval Carriage

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a fantastic totally original 18th century bronze cannon tube that measures 41.25 inches long (including the cascabel). The bore is 4.55 inches which designates this as a twelve pounder (12-pounder). According to the Tower of London this size cannon is considered a Demi Culverin.

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This example features a tube (or barrel) that is bronze, totally original and very heavy. This cannon tube has not been polished nor cleaned and retains most of the patina and stains from its approximate 200+ years of existence.

Originating from the British garrison in Kathmandu, Nepal where it has laid for at least the last 150 years (see photos of the piles of bronze cannons we recovered).

In style this cannon appears Asian in design and influence. It dates from the late 18th century to about 1840. The cannon in engraved Imperial Russian Coat of Arms. The Coat of Arms style indicates that it was engraved in 1855 or later. Which means this was most likely a Russian captured cannon, perhaps of Chinese origin. However, it could also have been Russian made.

In 1740 the Russian engraver Gedlinger made the State Seal. It was used till 1856 and fixed the image of the Russian two-headed eagle. Until the late 18th century there were no critical innovations in the coat of arms design.

Pavel I (1796-1801) introduced some changes to the coat of arms during his rule. emphasizes that the two-headed eagle became part of the imperial family in the epoch of Pavel I. The bright Maltese cross appeared on the eagle’s chest, with the Grand Master’s crown on top of the cross.

Alexander I (1801-1825) in his turn decided to cancel the Maltese cross. Under his reign the eagle’s wings were spread apart and its feathers lowered. One head of the eagle was tilted more than the other. The eagle got new attributes in its paws: thunder arrows, a torch, and a laurel wreath.

The big State Emblem was introduced by order of Alexander II (1855-1881) on April 11, 1857. In the center of the coat of arms there was the French golden shield with the two-headed black eagle. It was topped with three imperial crowns and was holding an orb and a scepter in its paws, and had Moscow St. George emblem on its chest. The central part of the shield was integrated in the shadow of the main imperial crown and the holy banner above it. 6 shields with coats of arms of principalities were located to the right and to the left of the banner.

The Medium and Small coats of arms slightly differ from the Large one. The Medium one has no banners and coats of arms over the shade. The Small one is the same that the Medium, but without the shade and the patrimonial coat of arms. In the revolutionary year of 1917 the majestic eagle lost its status, since the Bolsheviks regarded it as a symbol of autocracy. In August 1991, when the democrats headed by Boris Yeltsin took the power, the eagle regained its place as the Russian coat of arms and is presently the state symbol.

The all oak naval carriage on which this barrel is displayed was custom manufactured to our precise specifications. It is a near exact copy of a British Naval Man-o-War wood carriage from the last half of the 18th century. The carriage measures 25-inches long and 20-inches at it's widest point. It is expertly constructed of 2-inch wide Oak with hand-forged iron cap squares and mounts, just how they were made 250 years ago. It is even sturdy enough to be fired from. The carriage is correctly fitted with the early style shoe elevation system using an angled ramp pushed in from the rear to gain the correct firing elevation when in use.

IMA commissioned the construction of this carriage especially for this barrel making a most attractive original bronze cannon tube into a stunning historically accurate display piece for home or office. In fact, we will forward a link with 50+ photographs showing the carriage under construction supporting the fact that this has been tailor made using the construction methods of 250 years ago, as well as our book Treasure is Where You Find It with photos of hundreds of cannon tube’s found within our discovery in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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