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Original Late 18th Century Bronze 3-Pounder Grasshopper Cannon with Oak Naval Carriage

Regular price $13,995.00

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a fantastic totally original late 18th century bronze cannon tube that measures 38 1/2 inches when including the cascabel. The bore is 2.7-inches which designates this as a three pounder (3-pounder).

According to the Tower of London this size cannon is considered a FALCON and later referred to it as a Grasshopper but to us today this is exactly what we all picture as a traditional "Pirate Cannon".

3-pounder gun, 3-pounder, 3-pdr or QF 3-pdr is an abbreviation typically referring to a gun which fired a projectile weighing approximately 3 pounds. It sometimes refers to The Grasshopper cannon of the 18th century.

Grasshopper was the nickname for a cannon used by the British in the late 18th century as a light battalion gun to support infantry. It was designed for service in rough terrain such as the frontiers of British North America, in India and the Himalayas.

Its barrel was made of bronze instead of iron. Bronze is less brittle than cast iron, and so the barrel could be made thinner and lighter than that of an iron gun. Further, if a bronze gun developed a defect it would rupture; an iron gun with a flaw would shatter, at great cost to its own crew. It fired a three-pound ball (or 3 pounds of canister shot).

Using the conventional bracket or split trail, the gun could be moved by its own crew using drag ropes and wooden shafts much like a handcart. Two straight shafts were placed on each side of the cheek pieces facing forward, and two angled ones at the trail. The appearance of the shafts when fixed in place led to the nickname of Grasshopper.

This example features a tube (or barrel) that is bronze,  totally original and heavy; it has a vacant oval escutcheon on the upper side that may have once displayed Military/Naval unit markings or even a national motif. This cannon tube has not been polished nor cleaned and retains most of the patina and stains from its 200-250 years of existence.

Originating from the British garrison in Kathmandu, Nepal where it laid for at least the last 150 years (see photos of the piles of bronze cannons we recovered ), no markings remain, most likely those of the British East India Company, if any were ever present.

In style this cannon appears to be entirely English and dates from as early as 1750 up until as late as 1840. Under the cascabel on the rear there is a mount for an elevating wheel assembly so this barrel could be used on both naval carriages as shown, or full field carriages with large wheels as used by infantry regiments of the period.

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 include a small booklet of 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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