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VINTAGE CAST IRON SHIPS SIGNAL CANNON
Signal cannons were used aboard ship to make
salutes, to warn of danger, and to attract attention in the case of an emergency. They were also used to start yacht races.
These cannons were generally cast in the style of the period to which they belong.
We are conservatively estimating its age as at
least 130 years, but it could be much earlier.
Presented is an early 19th
Century design cast iron signal cannon which was likely made in England in the last quarter
of the 19 th Century. Its proportions are typical of a British warship's long gun of a century easier, and it is fitted to
its original shipboard carriage which is also cast iron. This signal cannon was purchased in Brookline, Massachusetts
at Bonham's & Butterfield's Maritime Auction. Note the touch hole and the smoke
residue at the bore showing that it has been fired. None the less, it is being sold for display purposes only, and no
attempt should be made to fire it without it first being inspected by a gunsmith.
NUTS AND BOLTS: There is common misconception
that hexagon nuts and bolts were not invented an used until sometime after 1908. That is plain wrong. There are numerous references
to square headed and hexagon headed bolts being used in ship construction in the 1860's and being used in the fastening of
armor much earlier. The most authoritative statement exists in Encyclopedia Britannica's Article 39228 which is quoted here:
"Metal screws and nuts appeared
in the 15th century. The square or hexagonal head or nut was turned with an appropriate box wrench; a T-handled
socket wrench was developed in the 16th century. Some screws used in 16th-century armour have slots (nicks)
in which a screwdriver may have been used, although this tool is not shown. Deep notches on the circumferences of the heads
of other armour screws suggest that some type of pronged device was used to turn them. Slotted, roundheaded screws were used
in the 16th century, but few screw-and-nut-fastened clocks are in evidence earlier than the 17th century. Metal screws were
called machine, or machinery, screws since they were made of metal and mated with threaded holes."
CONDITION: The cannon is painted
in black witch seems to be original. Most of the paint is intact, and there is only a few chips and missing pieces. It is
in fine condition, but because of its age should not be fired. The trunnions are cast as part of the barrel which is
customary and the trunnion caps are present. There are no mold marks or inscriptions.
Bronze Cannon 15 3/8"
14 1/2" Bore 3/4"
Width at trunnion 4 3/4"
Weight of cannon 30 1/2 pounds
This exceedingly fine example is being sold for display purposes
only, and no attempt should be made to fire it.
OF SATISFACTION: We guarantee that you must be satisfied on receiving your purchase and our
description is entirely accurate or your money back. The only conditions are that an email authorization be obtained
within three days, and that the item is returned in its original condition and packaging,insured for its full value.
Unfortunately, shipping charges are not included in this offer and are non-refundable unless due to our error.
OUR UNCONDITIONAL GUARANTEE: If not completely satisfied
with your purchase it may be returned, if without damage, within three days of receipt in its original condition and packaging.
Returns must be insured for their full value. All that is required is a prior email authorization by us for the return. Unfortunately,
no refund can be made for the cost of shipping, packaging and handling.
International buyers welcome, but inquire first.
You are responsible for knowing whether this article can be shipped to your country. We have satisfied customers
in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, Chile, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Holland, Iceland, Israel, Ireland,
Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Nova Scotia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,
Thailand, USVI and the Eastern Caribbean.
SHIPPING & PACKING: The
cost of shipping, packing, handling, and insurance to your destination, will be calculated after the auction and
is an additional charge. You may email us before bidding to get these costs. We price our shipping honestly, but we expect
to be reimbursed for the nominal cost of packaging materials and handling.
This represents an outstanding example of
a cast iron ships signal cannon with exceptional detail and refined proportions. Buy this magnificent collector's cannon Now!
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