Revolutionary War Era Rare Cast Iron Salute Hand-Cannon
c. 1770-83 Revolutionary War Era. Rare Iron Hand-Cannon, Salute or Powder Tester, Fine.
This authentic Revolutionary War Era Cast Iron Hand-Cannon in very solid condition. These were also used for multiple purposes such as a Salute Cannon and/or as a Powder Tester. A Hand-Cannon is an early form of firearm, one of the oldest type of portable firearm, as well as the simplest type of early firearm. Most examples require direct manual external ignition through a touch hole without any form of firing mechanism. It may also be considered a forerunner of the handgun. This example measures 6.25” tall with a 1” bore. The top is 2.25” hexagon and its base is 3” hexagon. They are solid Iron that is heavy. It is of a square design with chamfered corners thereby creating an octagonal architectural footprint, and is ignited by a small touch hole near the base. This example has an overall even natural rich metal patina.