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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 FINE & EARLY (REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD?) AMERICAN DECK-TYPE SWIVEL-GUN/NAVAL CANNON, ca. 1770-1800 (FOUND ON THE DELAWARE RIVER, 1985): In overall very good+ untouched condition with richly patinated and lightly toned iron surfaces. Some expected minor roughness from casting and the exterior of the tube with signs of use and exposure. The heavy, 23”, cast-iron barrel with an integral touch-hole and a nicely turned and ringed muzzle of traditional 18th Century form. Two (2) lower-mounted, 18th Century form trunion-pins with untouched, dark, iron surfaces with some pitting and expected casting-marks. The underside of the tube with a small circular “pivot-point”, for the use with a Yolk/Swivel-mount; and the breech with a classic, 18th century, 2 ˝” long, ball-type cascable. Cannon-form muzzle with a decoratively flared and reinforced mouth and a 1.25 caliber bore. Oxidized and pitted inner bore surfaces with evidence of extended use. In very good+ untouched condition with a dark, pleasing age patina throughout. Overall length 23". Approximate weight 85 lbs. A rare and Early American Naval-type Swivel-Gun/Deck Cannon, ca. 1770-1800. Of classic early American form and the type of versatile/portable Cannon that could be easily mounted on a Private/Merchant Vessel and/or used on land. Of likely American Revolutionary War Period manufacture with a similar type American gun found at the Battle of Sullivan’s, Island (Maine) 1777. Accompanied by a letter of provenance indicating the details of this cannon’s discovery (1985), during a stump removal project, on the banks of the Delaware River, opposite Philadelphia, PA.

Price: HOLD


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. ***From the site of the “Battle of Castine” (July, 1779) in present-day Maine; and accompanied by a brief history of the site.

Price: $675.00


A VERY GOOD AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD "SOLID SHOT" TWENTY-TWO (22) POUND CANNON BALL, ca. 1770: In overall very good untouched condition with evident signs of firing/impact. Solid shot, approx. 7" diameter, twenty-two (22) pound ball. In very good untouched condition with generally smooth, untouched surfaces with a fine gray/brown age patina overall. The base with a large impact mark and the body with numerous tight hairlines from firing/contact. Of most likely American make with evident casting defects and no visible markings. A nice, authentic and Large-sized, American Revolutionary War Period Used Cannon Ball, ca. 1770. Found in Massachusetts. For a similar example, please see G. C. Neumann’s & F. Kravic’s: “The Collector’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution”.

Price: $775.00


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 AT NORTHAMPTON FURNANCE, IN MARYLAND), ca. 1775: In overall very good sound untouched condition and of slightly crude/irregular American manufacture with a defined pointal from the casting-sprue. Solid shot, approx. 3" diameter ball with the expected irregularity and minor scattered light discoloration and dark, pitted, iron surfaces: some dirt in recesses from internment. A nice, authentic, American-made Revolutionary War Period 4 lb. Cannon Ball. Found along with several other Cannon Balls, at the site of the Northampton Furnace/Forge which commenced operations, in 1759; and under the direction of the Maryland Council of Safety, supplied cannons and shot, during the Revolution). Accompanied by a brief history of the site. Dates to, ca. 1770.

Price: $375.00


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 6 lb. SOLID-SHOT CANNON BALL (EX. BATTLE OF CASTINE, MAINE JULY, 1779): In overall very good sound preserved condition with the expected oxidized surfaces from internment. Of typical solid shot configuration and approx. 4" in diameter. In overall very good condition with the expected light to moderate surface pitting and a dark professionally preserved, black-brown age patina. Some abrasions, patches of roughness and surface-flaking. A nice, authentic Revolutionary War 6 Pounder Cannon Ball, ca. 1779. ***From the site of the “Battle of Castine” (July, 1779) in present-day Maine; and accompanied by a brief history of the battle-site.

Price: $475.00


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: SOLD


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 SCARCE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD NAVAL-TYPE “4-POUNDER” CANNON BALL IN CONCRETION (EX. DEL-MARVA PENINSULA), ca. 1770s: In overall very good, sound, untouched, sea salvaged condition with marine encrustation and deeply patinated steel surfaces. Classic Solid Shot Naval 4 lb. Cannon Ball. In overall very good untouched condition with the expected oxidized and marine encrusted surfaces with sand-concretion. Marine-excavated/Sea Salvaged with surface pitting and richly oxidized (stable) chocolate-brown, iron surfaces. A nice, example of a Revolutionary War Period Naval Cannon Ball, ca. 1770s. 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. ***Found, along with several other examples, of the coast of the DelMarva Peninsula. A very nice display item from America’s War of Independence.

Price: $475.00


A VERY GOOD+ AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR 6 lb. SOLID-SHOT CANNON BALL {EX. LAKE CHAMPLAIN REGION (SARATOGA, NY) & DUG by NOTED AUTHOR/HISTORIAN, FRANK KRAVIC}: In overall very good sound untouched condition with the expected oxidized surfaces from internment. Of typical solid shot configuration and approx. 4" 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 6 Pounder Cannon Ball, ca. 1770. ***Found, by noted author & Historian Frank Kravic 50+ years ago, along with approx. 200 other Cannon Balls, in the Champlain Valley of New York (Saratoga); and accompanied by a signed letter of provenance/history. For similar examples, please see G. C. Neumann’s & Frank Kravic’s: “Collector’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution”.

Price: $575.00


A FINE 17th/18th CENTURY PORTUGUESE/FILIPINO-TYPE NAVAL DECK-GUN/SWIVEL GUN, ca. 1700: In overall fine untouched condition with smooth, mustard-toned, bronze surfaces and the expected signs of light use and wear. Finely cast, heavy gauge Bronze/Brass barrel with an integral rear sighting plane, a raised touch-hole and numerous turnings at the muzzle, breech and mid-section. Additionally adorned overall with very sharply detailed cast geometric and scroll patterns, within triangular borders. Complete with its Two (2) side-mounted trunions pins of “low” positioned/17th Century form. Finely turned, bulbous breech with a hollow cylindrical cabascle for the attachment of a (wooden) handle/grip. Flared, octagonal muzzle with a decoratively turned and embossed mouth, an integral fore-sight and large 85+ caliber bore with evidence of repeated use/firing. In overall fine+ untouched condition with a pleasing richly toned, brown-mustard age patina throughout. Overall length 26 1/2". Approximate weight, 12 lbs. A very fine and original late 17th Century Portuguese-type Naval Swivel-Deck gun, ca. 1690. A very nicely made and decoratively chased and embossed late 17th Century Brass/Bronze Swivel Gun of the type often used to defend Merchant/Trade Vessels, of the era.

Price: $3,775.00


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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