Originally cast in iron in Britain or America shortly after the American Revolution, this small cannon (circa 1790) was intended to be a rail-mounted swivel gun.
IRON NAVAL CANNON
One of the nice things about being a dealer in unusual maritime artifacts is that you get to own many of the things you have seen or wanted over the years, but only for awhile. Eventually, for the sake of your finances, and the security of your family, you have to let them go to others who will appreciate them. This striking iron naval cannon is one of those things.
Originally cast in iron in Britain or America shortly after the American Revolution, this small cannon (circa 1790) was intended to be a rail-mounted swivel gun. It is based roughly on the Blomefield pattern of naval guns that became popular with the Royal Navy and was widely copied at the time.
These little cannons were used as anti-personnel weapons, and to fend off enemy boarding parties trying to take control of a ship. Occasionally they'd be mounted at the rail inboard at the break of the quarterdeck to discourage mutinies. They were called 'murderers' when loaded with grapeshot, links of chain, nails, buckshot or even small stones.
This gun was remounted on a white oak carriage in the manner of a larger gun. Often, this was done in order to use it as a signal or line gun. This gun has a bore of about 1.5 inches (4 cm). The barrel is 23.5 inches (60 cm) long. The length of the barrel and carriage together is 26.5 inches. The gun weighs about 70 pounds by itself; with the carriage, it weighs about 100 pounds.
This size and style of cannon is in demand today. Naturally, we are selling ours as a collectible. Firing these early iron guns is never recommended. If you have any questions, please call us at 207 657-2117 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.