595. Unmarked Brass-Barrel Muzzleloading Cannon

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.65 cal., 17 3/4" barrel with an oxidized bore which may clean up well. The barrel is a lovely tarnished ochre patina with a neatly flared muzzle and smooth chases all the way to the rounded cascabel. The barrel is vented and shows evidence of having been fired, the area around the vent being a darker chocolate brown patina; the left trunnion is marked "58" and has what appears to be a broad arrow marking which is somewhat rudimentary. The barrel is set onto matching top and bottom capsquares, retained by iron bolts which go completely through the left and right cheeks of the carriage. The naval or garrison style carriage appears to be mahogany and rates very good plus with some minor dings and chips here and there, primarily in the areas around the capsquares, showing a few spots of water streaking on the right cheek. There is a single mahogany stretcher between the cheeks and both axles are solid brass and have nicely turned oak wheels, each retained with a single brass pin. The eyelets for gun tackle are made of brass, the right rear is an iron replacement from the period of use, the left eyelet no longer present. There is a checkered knob atop a threaded rod through the rear axle which serves as an elevation adjustment. The barrel shows a few very sparsely scattered very light dings or handling marks here and there from the years but they are very unobtrusive. While unmarked, this is a very nicely-made, nice quality cannon overall. (38343-4) (800/1200) SOLD FOR $632.50

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