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A 20th CENTURY MILLED-ALUMINUM “MACHINIST-MADE” MODEL CANNON & CARRIAGE, ca. 1960: In overall very fine, untouched condition. Of typical late 18th century style with a finely milled and precision machined, Aluminum, “Deck-gun” type carriage with four matching wheels/trucks with brass hubs and screw fastened trunion-hasps. The 7 3/4”, smoothbore, .50 caliber, finely milled, Aluminum barrel of typical late 18th century style with a flared, cannon-type, turned muzzle and body. The breech with a top-drilled touch hole and a decorative ball type cascable. The sides of the tube with two integral trunion pins. A nice example of a well-made 20th Century Machinist’s Model cannon, ca. 1960 and purported to have been constructed of surplus metal from the Receiver-blocks of M-16 Rifles. In very fine condition with bright smooth surfaces, much polish and little signs of use/wear. Overall length 8 1/2”.

Price: $375.00


A FINE & RARE EARLY TO MID 17th CENTURY GERMAN BREECH TO A CANNON, ca. 1630: In overall very fine untouched condition with generally smooth, dark, iron surfaces with a rich age-patina and some expected scattered patches of discoloration and pitting. Of Conical form, with a 1" bore, cannon turnings at the mid-section and a large powder pan with heavy reinforced base. Overall length, 15". Weight approximately 22 lbs. An unusual and very rare form of powder magazine from a breech-loading cannon of the early to mid 17th century. Of Rare form and in fine condition.

Price: $1,500.00


17th CENTURY ITALIAN HAND/SALUTING MORTAR, ca. 1640: In overall very good sound untouched condition. Of robust round configuration, with 1" bore, cannon turnings at the midsection and muzzle. Reinforced base with simple touch-hole without powder-pan. Overall length 4 1/2". Weight approximately 8 lbs. A nice, authentic and inexpensive mortar from the 17th century.

Price: $375.00


A SCARCE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD NAVAL-TYPE BAR-SHOT “CANNON BALL” IN CONCRETION (EX. DEL-MARVA PENINSULA), ca. 1770s: In overall very good, sound, untouched, sea salvaged condition with heavy marine encrustation and deeply patinated steel surfaces. Of classic “Bar-Shot” Naval form with a rectangular central “Bar” and two, approx. 4 lb. Cannon Ball terminals. Found off the coast of the DelMarva Peninsula. In overall very good untouched condition with the expected oxidized and marine encrusted surfaces with barnacles, small shells and sand-concretion. Of typical Revolutionary War Period Naval Bar-shot configuration with its two, approx. 3" diameter, Cannon Ball terminals/ends and a rectangular, approx. 4”, iron Bar. Marine-excavated/Sea Salvaged with the expected surface pitting and richly oxidized (stable) chocolate-brown, iron surfaces. A scarce, example of a Revolutionary War Period Bar-Shot Naval Cannon Ball, ca. 1770s. The type of “Cannon Ball” designed to be used against a Ship’s Ringing, etc. For similar examples, please see William Gilkerson’s: “Boarders Away” & G. Neumann’s & F. Kravic’s: “Collector’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution”, pg. 12, fig. 20. ***Recently found, along with several others, of the coast of the DelMarva Peninsula. A very nice display item from America’s War of Independence. Overall length, approx. 13” (Bar Shot Length, 10”). Weight: 20lb.

Price: SOLD


A VERY GOOD AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD 4 lb. SOLID-SHOT CANNON BALL w/ N. CAROLINA LOYALIST ASSOCIATION (EX. FLORA MACDONALD MANSION), ca. 1770s: In overall very good sound untouched condition with the expected oxidized surfaces from internment. Of typical solid shot configuration and approx. 3" in diameter. In overall very good untouched condition with the expected light to moderate surface pitting and an untouched chocolate-brown age patina. Some traces of dirt in the pits and various minor abrasions. A nice, authentic Revolutionary War 4 Pounder Cannon Ball, ca. 1770s. ***Found in 2007 along with several other Cannon Balls, outside the site of the Flora MacDonald Mansion in Montgomery County, N. Carolina; and accompanied by a letter of provenance and a brief history of the site.

Price: $450.00


A VERY GOOD+ AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR 12 lb. SOLID-SHOT CANNON BALL (EX. BATTLE OF CASTINE, MAINE JULY, 1779): In overall very good sound untouched condition with the expected oxidized surfaces from internment. Of typical solid shot configuration and approx. 6" in diameter. In overall very good untouched condition with the expected light to moderate surface pitting and an untouched chocolate-brown age patina. Some traces of dirt in the pits and various minor abrasions, patches of roughness and surface-flaking. A nice, authentic Revolutionary War 12 Pounder Cannon Ball, ca. 1779. ***Found in Oct., 2003 along with several other Cannon Balls, around the site of the “Battle of Castine” (July, 1779) in present-day Maine; and accompanied by a letter of provenance and a brief history of the site.

Price: $675.00


A VERY GOOD & SCARCE REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD FRENCH/ENGLISH? 12 lb. MORTAR-TYPE CANNON BALL, ca. 1770: In overall very good+ sound untouched condition with moderately pitted and oxidized surfaces. A medium size Mortar-type, cannon-ball with an internal hollow/void for a powder-charge and a circular hole for a wooden-type stopper. In very good untouched condition with the expected surface pitting, russet-toned aged surfaces, a fine hole and casting flaws/minor voids. Of classic mid-18th century form. Untouched surfaces with evidence of internment and a rich chocolate brown age-patina with scattered pitting. A nice, authentic, unmarked example of an American Revolutionary War Period, French/English?, Mortar-type Cannon Ball, ca. 1770. Approx. diameter, 4 1/4”. For a similar example, please see G. C. Neumann’s & F. Kravic’s: “The Collector’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution”, pg. 9.

Price: SOLD


A VERY RARE 15th CENTURY GERMAN STONE CANNON BALL, ca. 1400s: In overall very good sound untouched condition. A Medium size, hand crafted, Granite/Gneiss? ball with an approx. 5” diameter. In very good untouched condition with the expected surface abrasions, minor old chips, signs of use/age and a fine patina. Some surface flaws and small/tight hairlines. A very rare and authentic, 15th Century German Stone Cannon Ball, ca. 1450. A very early Stone projectile, from the infancy of firearms/cannons.

Price: $1,175.00


A VERY GOOD AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD 4 lb. "SOLID SHOT" CANNON BALL, (FOUND IN NEW HAMPSHIRE), ca. 1770s: In overall very good sound untouched condition and of slightly crude/irregular American manufacture with a defined pointal from the sprue and a medial seam. Solid shot, approx. 3" diameter ball with the expected irregularity and minor scattered light discoloration and dark, smooth, steel surfaces. A nice, authentic, American-made Revolutionary War Period 4 lb. Cannon Ball, found in New Hampshire. Dates to, ca. 1770s.

Price: $275.00


A VERY NICE GROUPING OF AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD SOLID-SHOT CANNON BALLS & MORTAR-BALL FRAGMENT w/ MASSACHUSSETES PROVENANCE& 19TH CENTURY PAPER COLLECTION-TAG, ca. 1770s: (Includes an American 4 Pounder , another 1 Pounder and a large fragment from a Mortar-Ball). In overall very good sound untouched condition with the expected oxidized surfaces from internment. The balls of typical solid shot configuration and approx. 3" in diameter & 1 1/2", respectively: the fragment measures approx. 4' x 3 1/8" with matching untouched surfaces and is of classic irregular form. In overall very good untouched condition with the expected light to moderate surface pitting and an untouched chocolate-brown age patina. Some traces of dirt in the pits and various minor abrasions. A nice, grouping of authentic American Revolutionary War Period Cannon Balls, ca. 1770s. ***The 4 Pounder with two affixed 19th century paper collection tags: one with a "1008"collection-number and the other with a matching number and a "?hen, MASS." Provenance. A rare and early acquired grouping of American Revolutionary War Period Cannon Balls.

Price: $725.00


A VERY GOOD AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD 4 lb. "SOLID SHOT" CANNON BALL, (FOUND IN NEW HAMPSHIRE), ca. 1770s: In overall very good sound untouched condition. Solid shot, approx. 3" diameter ball with the expected irregularity and pitting/surface roughness: a clearly defined medial seam and the base with a pointal-- from the casting-sprue. Retains an untouched chocolate brown age patina with the expected minor surface irregulaties. A nice, authentic, American Revolutionary War Period Cannon Ball, found along with several other examples, in New Hampshire. Dates to, ca. 1770s.

Price: $275.00


A GOOD+ LATE 19th CENTURY BRASS MODEL/TOY CANNON, ca. 1880-1910: In overall good, untouched condition. Of typical late 19th/Early 20th century style with a cast, 6”, smoothbore, .45 caliber, brass barrel/tube of typical late 19th century design with a flared muzzle and a simple ball type cascable. The sides of the tube made without trunion pins. In overall good+ untouched condition with nicely toned and patinated, smooth, brass surfaces with some scattered handling marks abrasions and signs of use/wear. The top-mounted touch-hole with “flash burn” and the muzzle/bore, en suite with a light verdigris patina. A nice example of a Post-Civil War Period child’s toy/ model cannon, ca. 1880-1910. In overall good+/very good condition with generally smooth brass surfaces and scattered handling marks, minor abrasions and signs of use/wear. A nice and decorative small-sized cannon. Overall length 6”..

Price: $150.00


EARLY TO MID 16th CENTURY ITALIAN/GERMAN "BEER MUG" CANNON BREECH, ca. 1525-1550: In overall very good+ untouched condition with chocolate brown surfaces having some light discolration and scattered moderate pitting. The cylindrical body of heavy, hand forged, iron construction with a reinforced ringed breech and a large touch-hole: 1.5"+ off center bore with thick side-walls. Missings its "Beer Mug" type handle with evidence of minor damage where it had once been affixed. In overall very good untouched condition. The expected hand-forged roughness, generally smooth, brown surfaces, some minor damage (noted) and general signs of use: pitting and wear. A rare and authentic, early to mid 16th century, iron, cannon breech/powder-chamber for an early breech loading artillery piece. Overall length 8 1/2", weight 15lbs. ***For a similar example please see "Guns", by Dudley Pope.

Price: $1,150.00


A VERY GOOD 17th CENTURY ITALIAN HAND/SALUTING MORTAR, ca. 1640 & 17th/18th CENTURY SMALL-SIZE SOLID-SHOT CANNON BALL, ca. 1700: In overall very good sound untouched condition. Of robust round configuration, with 1" bore, cannon turnings at the midsection and muzzle. Reinforced base with simple touch-hole without powder-pan. Overall length 4 1/2". Weight approximately 8 lbs. A nice, authentic and inexpensive mortar from the 17th century. The ball, en suite with very good sound untouched condition. Of solid shot type with the expected moderate surface pitting and an untouched chocolate-brown age patina. Evidence of use pitting and various minor abrasions: of early manufacture with a somewhat coarse medial seam line. A nice, authentic Small-Size, Early Mortar & Ball.

Price: $450.00


A VERY GOOD LATE 19th CENTURY BRASS MODEL CANNON & CARRIAGE, ca. 1880-1910: In overall very good, untouched condition. Of typical late 19th century style with a cast brass carriage with simply etched surfaces and screw fastened body: a replaced sidebolt and missing its rear cross-pin. The 9 1/2”, smoothbore, .63 caliber, brass barrel of typical late 19th century design with a flared muzzle and a simple ball type cascable, of earlier form. The sides of the tube with two integral trunion pins. Mounted on its original, Wheeled, cast brass, two (2) piece, screw fastened carriage with an untouched age patina, en suite with the cannon. The spoke wheels with matching surfaces and very good round spokes with peened hubs: some patches of verdigris. A nice example of a Post Civil War Period child’s toy/working model cannon, ca. 1880-1910. Very good bore and touch-hole (currently mounted upside down in its carriage). In overall very good condition with generally smooth brass surfaces and scattered handling marks, minor abrasions and signs of use/wear. A nice and decorative model cannon. Overall length 17.

Price: SOLD


A VERY FINE REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD AMERICAN SWIVEL GUN, ca. 1770s: In overall very fine untouched condition. Cast iron barrel with an integral, raised, rectangular touch-hole and several turnings at the muzzle, breech and midsection. Two lower-mounted trunions pins with its original, wrought iron, 10" swivel yolk: for attachment to a boat's side-rail. The breech with a classic, 18th century, ball-shaped, iron cascable. The muzzle with a flared decorative mouth and a 75 caliber bore. In overall very fine condition with a pleasing untouched dark age patina throughout. Overall length 13 1/2". Approximate weight 12 lbs. An original American Swivel Gun Cannon, ca. 1770s.

Price: SOLD


A VERY GOOD & SCARCE REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD FRENCH? 50 lb. MORTAR-TYPE CANNON BALL, ca. 1770: In overall very good+ sound untouched condition. A Very Large Mortar-type, cannon-ball with a hollow/void for a powder-charge and stopper. In very good untouched condition with the expected surface pitting and evident casting flaws. Of classic mid-18th century form with an untouched chocolate brown age-patina with light scattered pitting. Some minor casting flaws and expected surface pits with generally smooth surfaces. A nice, authentic, very large Revolutionary War Period, approx. 50 lb., French?, Mortar-type Cannon Ball, ca. 1770. Approx. diameter, 9”. For a similar example, please see G. C. Neumann’s & F. Kravic’s: “The Collector’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution”.

Price: $975.00


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