October 29, 2016, 9:00 AM PST
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Lot 213: c. 1770-80s Revolutionary War Era, Iron Hand Cannon, Salute / Powder Tester(37 views)
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Cast Iron Salute / Hand-Cannon Revolutionary War Era
c. 1770-80s Revolutionary War Era, Iron Hand Cannon, Salute / Powder Tester, Fine.
This heavy, authentic Revolutionary War Era Cast Iron Hand-Cannon in very solid condition. These were used for Salute Cannons and/or as a Powder Tester. A Hand Cannon is an early form of firearm, possibly 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 5.25" tall with a 5/8" bore. This piece is solid iron that weighs about 1 pound. It is of a round design with 3 strengthening rings and is ignited by a small touch hole near the base. This example has an overall even natural rich metal patina as shown. An original Revolutionary War Era piece.