A Fantastic (PAIR) of Early 18th Century Iron Ship's Cannon
A Fantastic (PAIR) of Iron Ship's Cannon of wonderful form, circa. early 18th century. Most likely English or Dutch. The cannons are mounted on later 19th century Naval carriages. This size of cannon was mounted on ship's carriages or on swivels as deck guns. Both tubes have been painted black. Vent holes are clear.
Each cannon tube measures: 34.5" with 2" bores. The cannons exhibit evidence of being recovered from a shipwreck or excavated due to the areas of heavy pitting. A great pair of cannons that can easily be moved around.
Provenance; THE CHARLES BREMNER HOGG JACKSON COLLECTION, bequest to The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. These cannon were sold through BUTTERFIELD & BUTTERFIELD in San Fransisco, California October 15th, 1996., LOT 3206.
The cannons were displayed out in the elements since their purchase in 1996 which resulted in the wood carriages suffering paint lose and some wood rot. Some recent restoration has been performed to stabilize the trucks so they may be moved and displayed properly. (see photos...)
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