Lot 219: c. 1770-83 Revolutionary War Era Rare Cast Iron Salute Hand Cannon

Early American

December 10, 2016, 9:00 AM PST
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, US
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Description: American Revolution
Revolutionary War Cast Iron Salute Hand Cannon
c. 1770-83 Revolutionary War Cast Iron Hand-Cannon, Salute & Powder Tester, Original Patina, Very Fine.
This authentic Revolutionary War Era Cast Iron Hand-Cannon in very solid original condition. These were used for Salute Cannons and/or as a Powder Tester. A Hand Cannon is an early form of firearm. It is possibly the oldest type of portable firearm, as well as the simplest type of early firearm, as 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 standard size 1" bore. The top is about 2" in diameter and its base is 3.25" in diameter. It is round in design and is ignited by a small touch hole near the base. There is a plugged touch hole to the right and above the actual hole. The plugged hole was probably too high to reliably ignite the powder. This example has an overall even natural rich metal patina. A rarely encountered, original Revolutionary War Era "museum" piece that fits in any period military display.
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