Project Description

This is a 19th century black powder muzzle loading ships cannon by an unknown maker.  It is difficult to ascertain the scale, as they made these in many different sizes.  I believe the cannon to have been mass produced, as the top of the barrel near the touch hole is stamped “Black Powder Only”.  Maybe made in Spain?  The barrel is steel (iron?) with a browned finish, and is 7 3/8″ long.  The bore measures .450, & is bored through to the touch hole.  The trunion caps and swivel rings are steel with a rust brown patina finish.  The rope eyes are brass.  The carriage looks to be straight grain walnut.  There is no elevation wedge, but that could easily be made.  I’m sure from the “Black Powder Only” markings that this cannon was made to shoot, and guess it was made back in the good ole days when I was a kid & we routinely played with toys like this, & I mean shooting them!  I’d guess it was made in the 1960’s to 1970’s.  Includes a partial ship’s deck and outer hull, with ropes, pulleys, & rigging.  It’s a nicely made piece with a quality barrel, and a very well made carriage.  It is in excellent condition, but the barrel and steel fittings do show some minor surface rust.  It’s been sitting on a shelf in my office for quite a while, & I am tired of dusting it.  Price:  $200.00.