The carriage is not original. I have been told this is a "bow gun" of the type that would have been mounted in an iron yoke on the bow of a ship. The front of the barrel is heavier, from the swivel mounts forward, than to the back, thus the barrel would hang face down to keep the powder dry. It does not belong on the current mounting but it looks nice to me. Anyone know what it really is called??
Opinions about what type of cannon: a rail mounted swivel gun ..used for a signal cannon..possibly a short range weapon. anyone interested?? CANNON LENGTH 24 inches
This is an old cannon. One can see letters, initials and a date of 1847. Cast iron
pretty dusty in this area
This antique has been heavily painted. We have used wooden plugs to keep dust out of the barrel and fuse area.