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Lot 0130A
Western Europe, probably England or Scotland, ca. 18th century CE. A beautiful brass signal cannon cast via the lost-wax (cire perdue) process. The cannon is mounted atop a forked swivel mount with a long pin, and has a lengthy barrel decorated with slender diamond-shaped motifs, a flared muzzle, and an integral ringed cascabel projecting from the back end. A petite ringed pan rests just in front of the cascabel, enabling a soldier to ignite the compacted gunpowder held within and thus firing the luminous signal flare into the sky. Custom wooden display mount included. Size: 14.1" L x 2.75" H (35.8 cm x 7 cm); 6.5" H (16.5 cm) on included custom stand.

Provenance: ex-private Los Angeles County, California, USA collection

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Surface wear and minor abrasions commensurate with age, some nicks to muzzle mouth, cascabel, and swivel mount, with tarnishing and darkening to most surfaces, otherwise intact and very good. Light earthen deposits within barrel and pan. Cannon has not been tested for firing functionality.

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18th C. British Brass Signal Cannon, Swivel Mount

Estimate $1,500 - $2,000Jul 19, 2018