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A 20th CENTURY MILLED-ALUMINUM “MACHINIST-MADE” MODEL CANNON & CARRIAGE, ca. 1960: In overall very fine, untouched condition. Of typical late 18th century style with a finely milled and precision machined, Aluminum, “Deck-gun” type carriage with four matching wheels/trucks with brass hubs and screw fastened trunion-hasps. The 7 3/4”, smoothbore, .50 caliber, finely milled, Aluminum barrel of typical late 18th century style with a flared, cannon-type, turned muzzle and body. The breech with a top-drilled touch hole and a decorative ball type cascable. The sides of the tube with two integral trunion pins. A nice example of a well-made 20th Century Machinist’s Model cannon, ca. 1960 and purported to have been constructed of surplus metal from the Receiver-blocks of M-16 Rifles. In very fine condition with bright smooth surfaces, much polish and little signs of use/wear. Overall length 8 1/2”.

Price: $375.00


A VERY FINE REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD AMERICAN SWIVEL GUN, ca. 1770s: In overall very fine untouched condition. Cast iron barrel with an integral, raised, rectangular touch-hole and several turnings at the muzzle, breech and midsection. Two lower-mounted trunions pins with its later, wrought iron, 10" swivel yolk: for attachment to a boat's side-rail. The breech with a classic, 18th century, ball-shaped, iron cascable. The muzzle with a flared decorative mouth and a 75 caliber bore. In overall very fine condition with a pleasing untouched dark age patina throughout. Overall length 13 1/2". Approximate weight 12 lbs. An original American Swivel Gun Cannon, ca. 1770s.

Price: $4,775.00


A FINE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD SMALL-SIZED IRON NAVAL-TYPE CANNON, ca. 1770: In overall fine untouched condition with deeply toned, smooth, iron surfaces, sharp markings and fine contours. Of likely English or American manufacture and made with a sharp attention to detail. Of 18th Century/American Revolutionary War Period form and made with low-mounted trunion-pins, an integral powder-pan and numerous turnings at the muzzle, the breech and midsection. The breech with its rounded-ball-shaped cascable; and the muzzle with a flared Cannon-form mouth and a 1.50+ caliber (1-Pounder) bore. In overall fine untouched condition with smooth iron surfaces, light scattered casting-pocks, patches of discoloration and a nicely toned age patina. Some scattered light handling marks, minor surface wear and casting-imperfections with evident signs of use. A fine example of an American Revolutionary War Period Small-Sized Naval type Cannon, ca. 1770.. For additional information and pictures of similar type examples, please see William Gilkerson's: "Borders Away", vol. 2. Overall length 15 1/4". Approximate weight 35 lbs.

Price: SOLD


A VERY GOOD AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD (AMERICAN?) IRON SWIVEL GUN & YOKE, ca. 1770: In overall very good untouched condition. Of classic mi-18th Century/Revolutionary War Period design with a nicely turned Cast Iron tube/barrel and its original Wrought Iron Yoke. Richly toned and patinated, generally smooth Iron surfaces. Of likely American manufacture, as unmarked and of slightly crude Sand-cast Iron. Lacks the general refinement of detail found on European made cannon barrels of the period. Several turnings at the muzzle, breech and midsection. Of early form, as made with two lower-mounted trunions-pins and an integral powder-pan/touch-hole. Complete with its original wrought iron, 17 1/4" swivel yolk with a bottom key-hole for attachment to a boat's side-rail and/or gunnel. The breech of traditional, mid-18th century form with a ball-shaped cascable; and the flared Cannon-form muzzle with an approx. 1.00 caliber bore. In overall very good untouched condition. Retains a pleasing, dark black-brown age patina with nicely cast contours, generally smooth surfaces and expected scattered pitting and oxidation. The yoke, en suite with pitted and aged-iron surfaces and evidet hammer-marks. Some scattered handling marks, casting flaws, surface wear and general signs of use. Of likely American manufacture, ca. 1770 with similar type examples pictured in W. Gilkerson's: "Borders Away", vol. 2. Overall length 11 1/4". Approximate weight 10 lbs. A very nice example of an original American Revolutionary War Period American Cast Iron Swivel Gun Cannon & Yoke, ca. 1770. A virtually indentical example was formely in the famed William F. Guthman Collection of Westport, Conn.

Price: HOLD


A FINE & RARE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD (ENGLISH/FRENCH) IRON NAVAL-TYPE CANNON, ca. 1750: In overall fine untouched condition with deeply toned, smooth, iron surfaces, sharp markings and fine contours. Of likely English or French manufacture, as of very good quality and made with a sharp attention to balance & detail. Marked on its underside, with an illegible Founder's Mark and also, marked with a large "VIII" (Gun Number?) marking, forward of the touch-hole. Of Classic early 18th Century form and made with low-mounted trunion-pins, an integral rectangular powder-pan (touch-hole with evidence of extended use/firing) and numerous turnings at the muzzle, the breech and midsection. The breech with its rounded-ball-shaped cascable; and the muzzle with a flared Cannon-form mouth and a 1.00+ caliber bore. In overall fine untouched condition with smooth iron surfaces, light scattered casting-pocks, patches of discoloration and deeply toned age patina. Some scattered light handling marks, minor surface wear and casting-imperfections with evident Military Usage. A fine and rare example of an American Revolutionary War Period Naval type Cannon, ca. 1750. On a later (20th Century) Black Painted Wood Display Stand. For additional information and pictures of similar type examples, please see William Gilkerson's: "Borders Away", vol. 2. Overall length 24". Approximate weight 55 lbs. Virtually Indentical to the (below) example; and likely from same Ship.

Price: $6,575.00


A MID-20th CENTURY "FILIPINO" TOURIST-TYPE SMALL-SIZE DECORATIVE BRONZE LANTAKA, ca. 1950: In overall very good condition with generally smooth, bronze surfaces. Somewhat coarsely cast, light-weight Bronze/Brass barrel with an integral rear sighting plane, a raised powder-pan and decorative turnings, at the muzzle, breech and mid-section. Two (2) side-mounted trunions pins and a turned, bulbous breech with a solid cylindrical cabascle/handle. Flared muzzle with a decoratively turned mouth with a .56 caliber bore (pitted bore). In overall very good condition with nicely toned, brass surfaces with scattered patches of surface-oxidation throughout. Overall length 14". Complete with its matching cast brass/bronze yoke with a decoratively pierced base and matching brass surfaces. A decorative, small-size, , 20th Century "Tourist-Type" Lantaka, ca. 1950. For similar type examples & additional information, please see G. C. Stone’s: “Construction and Decoration of Arms…”.

Price: $575.00


A FINE & RARE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD (ENGLISH/FRENCH) IRON NAVAL-TYPE CANNON, ca. 1750: In overall fine+ untouched condition with deeply toned, smooth, iron surfaces, sharp markings and fine contours. Of likely English or French manufacture, as of very good quality and made with a sharp attention to balance & detail. Marked on its underside, with an illegible Founder's Mark and also, marked with a large "VIII" (Gun Number?) marking, forward of the touch-hole. Of Classic early 18th Century form and made with low-mounted trunion-pins, an integral rectangular powder-pan and numerous turnings at the muzzle, the breech and midsection. The breech with its rounded-ball-shaped cascable; and the muzzle with a flared Cannon-form mouth and a 1.00+ caliber bore. In overall fine+ untouched condition with smooth iron surfaces, light scattered casting-pocks, patches of discoloration and deeply toned age patina. Some scattered light handling marks, minor surface wear and casting-imperfections with evident Military Usage. A fine and rare example of an American Revolutionary War Period Naval type Cannon, ca. 1750. For additional information and pictures of similar type examples, please see William Gilkerson's: "Borders Away", vol. 2. Overall length 24". Approximate weight 55 lbs.

Price: $7,275.00


A VERY GOOD AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD 4 lb. SOLID-SHOT CANNON BALL w/ N. CAROLINA LOYALIST ASSOCIATION (EX. FLORA MACDONALD MANSION), ca. 1770s: In overall very good sound untouched condition with the expected oxidized surfaces from internment. Of typical solid shot configuration and approx. 3" in diameter. In overall very good untouched condition with the expected light to moderate surface pitting and an untouched chocolate-brown age patina. Some traces of dirt in the pits and various minor abrasions. A nice, authentic Revolutionary War 4 Pounder Cannon Ball, ca. 1770s. ***Found in 2007 along with several other Cannon Balls, outside the site of the Flora MacDonald Mansion in Montgomery County, N. Carolina; and accompanied by a letter of provenance and a brief history of the site.

Price: $475.00


A VERY GOOD AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD "2-POUNDER" SOLID-SHOT CANNON BALL, ca. 1750-1770: In overall very good sound untouched condition with the oxidized surfaces from internment. Of typical American made, solid shot configuration and approx. 2 1/4" in diameter with an evident medial casting-seam and pointal-mark. In overall very good untouched condition with the expected light to moderate surface pitting and an untouched chocolate-brown age patina. Some traces of dirt in the pits and various minor abrasions. A nice, authentic F & I/Revolutionary War Period 2-Pounder Cannon Ball, ca. 1750-1770.

Price: $475.00


A VERY GOOD+ AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR "6-POUNDER" SOLID-SHOT CANNON BALL (EX. BATTLE OF CASTINE, MAINE JULY, 1779): In overall very good sound untouched condition with the expected oxidized surfaces from internment. Of solid shot configuration and approx. 3 1/2" in diameter with a medial casting-seam, as often seen on American made cannon balls of the period. In overall very good untouched condition with light to moderate surface pitting and an untouched black/brown age patina. Scattered abrasions, patches of roughness and surface-flaking. A nice, authentic Revolutionary War "6 Pounder" Cannon Ball, ca. 1779. ***Found along with several other Cannon Balls, around the site of the “Battle of Castine” (July, 1779) in present-day Maine and accompanied by a brief history of the Battle.

Price: $750.00


A VERY GOOD+ AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR "6-POUNDER" SOLID-SHOT CANNON BALL (EX. BATTLE OF CASTINE, MAINE JULY, 1779): In overall very good sound condition with oxidized surfaces from internment. Of typical solid shot configuration and approx. 3" in diameter. In overall very good condition with light to moderate surface pitting, casting-pocks, minor surface-losses and a dark black-brown age patina. Some abrasions, patches of roughness and surface-flaking. Marked with an old white India ink "CASTINE MAINE" marking. A nice, authentic Revolutionary War 6-Pounder Cannon Ball, ca. 1779. ***From the site of the “Battle of Castine” (July, 1779) in present-day Maine; and accompanied by a brief history of the battle.

Price: $750.00


A VERY GOOD LARGE-SIZE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD “18-POUNDER" SOLID-SHOT CANNON BALL, ca. 1770: Of likely English manufacture, as finely cast with generally smooth iron surfaces. In overall very good+, smooth and untouched condition with dark-colored iron surfaces. Of solid shot configuration and approx. 5 1/2" in diameter. In very good+/fine condition with light surface pitting/discoloration, minor casting imperfections and a richly toned age patina. An authentic Large-Size American Revolutionary War Period “18- Pounder” Cannon Ball, ca. 1770. For similar examples, please see G. C. Neumann’s & Frank Kravic’s: “Collector’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution”.

Price: $875.00


A VERY GOOD+ AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR “TWELVE-POUNDER” SOLID-SHOT CANNON BALL: In overall very good+, smooth and untouched condition with dark-colored iron surfaces. Of solid shot configuration and approx. 5" in diameter. In very good+/fine condition with light surface pitting/discoloration, minor casting imperfections and a deeply toned age patina. An authentic American Revolutionary War Period “12 Pounder” Cannon Ball, ca. 1770. For similar examples, please see G. C. Neumann’s & Frank Kravic’s: “Collector’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution”.

Price: $675.00


A FINE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR "1 lb.-POUNDER" SOLID-SHOT CANNON BALL, ca. 1770: In overall very good untouched condition with smooth lightly oxidized iron surfaces. Of solid shot configuration and approx. 1 1/2" in diameter. In fine condition with smooth dark-colored surfaces. A very nice example of an original 18th Century/Revolutionary War "1-Pounder" Cannon Ball, ca. 1770. ***The type of small cannon ball used as a single projectile with a Small Deck-Gun or in a group, as “Grape Shot” with a larger gun.

Price: $275.00


A VERY GOOD+ AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR “SIX-POUNDER” SOLID-SHOT CANNON BALL: In overall very good+, smooth and untouched condition with dark-colored iron surfaces. Of solid shot configuration and approx. 3 1/2" in diameter. In very good+/fine condition with light surface pitting/discoloration, minor casting imperfections and a deeply toned age patina. An authentic American Revolutionary War Period “6- Pounder” Cannon Ball, ca. 1770. For similar examples, please see G. C. Neumann’s & Frank Kravic’s: “Collector’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution”.

Price: $575.00


A VERY GOOD 19th CENTURY FILIPINO-MADE “VOC” MARKED SMALL-SIZE DECK-GUN/SWIVEL GUN w/ BRONZE CARRIAGE, ca. 1850: In overall very good untouched condition with deeply patinated, generally smooth, dark-toned, bronze surfaces. Somewhat coarsely cast, native Filipino-made, light-weight Bronze/Brass barrel with an integral rear sighting plane, a raised circular touch-hole/powder-pan and decorative turnings, at the muzzle, breech and mid-section. Additionally, cast with a raised, intertwined “VOC” marking for the famed “Dutch East India Co.”. Two (2) side-mounted trunions pins and a turned, bulbous breech with a solid cylindrical cabascle/handle. Flared, octagonal muzzle with a decoratively turned and embossed mouth, an integral fore-sight and a .60 caliber bore (pitted bore). In overall very good untouched condition with a deeply toned, brown-mustard age patina and patches of surface-oxidation throughout. Overall length 12 1/4". Mounted on its matching cast bronze carriage with toned surfaces, some patches of oxidation/verdigris and cast Bronze wheels and axels. A very nice and decorative, 19th Century, small-size, Filipino made Lantaka-type Bronze Swivel Gun/Cannon, ca. 1850. Of the type of small “Cannon” often used to defend Merchant/Trade Vessels. For additional information, please see G. C. Stone’s: “Construction and Decoration of Arms…”.

Price: $1,375.00


A VERY RARE 15th CENTURY GERMAN STONE CANNON BALL, ca. 1400s: In overall very good sound untouched condition. A Medium size, hand crafted, Granite/Gneiss? ball with an approx. 5” diameter. In very good untouched condition with the expected surface abrasions, minor old chips, signs of use/age and a fine patina. Some surface flaws and small/tight hairlines. A very rare and authentic, 15th Century German Stone Cannon Ball, ca. 1450. A very early Stone projectile, from the infancy of firearms/cannons.

Price: $1,175.00


A VERY GOOD 17th CENTURY THIRTY YEARS WAR PERIOD “6 POUNDER” SOLID-SHOT CANNON BALL, ca. 1620: In overall very good untouched condition. Solid shot with an approx. 3 1/2" diameter, the expected surface pitting/discoloration and an untouched, deeply toned, gunmetal age patina . A distinct medial seam, various casting/pock-marks and various minor abrasions. A scarce example of an original Thirty Years War Period “6 Pounder” Cannon Ball, ca. 1620. Found in Germany.

Price: HOLD


A VERY GOOD AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD 4 lb. "SOLID SHOT" CANNON BALL, (FOUND AT NORTHAMPTON FURNANCE, IN MARYLAND), ca. 1775: In overall very good sound untouched condition and of slightly crude/irregular American manufacture with a defined pointal from the casting-sprue. Solid shot, approx. 3" diameter ball with the expected irregularity and minor scattered light discoloration and dark, pitted, iron surfaces: some dirt in recesses from internment. A nice, authentic, American-made Revolutionary War Period 4 lb. Cannon Ball. Found along with several other Cannon Balls, at the site of the Northampton Furnace/Forge which commenced operations, in 1759; and under the direction of the Maryland Council of Safety, supplied cannons and shot, during the Revolution). Accompanied by a brief history of the site. Dates to, ca. 1770.

Price: $375.00


A VERY GOOD LATE 17th/EARLY 18TH CENTURY AMERICAN? SMALL-SIZED IRON MORTAR, ca. 1680-1720 & WROUGHT IRON MOUNTED WOODEN FIELD-CARRIAGE: Of possible American manufacture & in overall very good condition with a roughly cast, 14 1/2”, heavy, smoothbore, . 3" bore, iron barrel of late 17th Century "Barrel-form" design with a baluster turned muzzle, mid-section and a matching breech made without a cascable. A stepped bore with an integral powder-chamber and two low-mounted trunion-pins of early design. The top of the breech with its original vent/touch-hole with evidence of use and flash-burn. Very good bore with deeply toned dark surfaces with patches of pitting, signs of use and wear. The exterior with dark-colored, blackened, iron surfaces, moderate pitting and various scattered casting pocks/flaws-- from rough sand-casting manufacture and a likely indication of Colonial American make. Mounted on a later19th/early 20th Century, Heavy, Oak Field-Carriage of 17th/18th century Mortar design. Wrought forged iron mounts, include two iron hasps for the trunions and their triangular cross-pins. Also, adorned overall with Rosehead nail-fastened, iron strapwork and with finely appointed nail-fastened wrought iron side-panels with trefoil finials. Retains dark, untouched, iron surfaces with light scattered patches of discoloration and fine pitting. Complete with its iron mounted, oak, elevating block with a rear iron tail. A very nice example of an Authentic Early 18th century (ca. 1680-1720) Small-Sized Iron Field-Mortar. Fine carriage with light oxidation and rust-stains, around the mounts/hardware. Overall length 22 3/4”. Weight, approx. 40 lbs. For similar examples, please see Neumann & Kravic's: "Collector's Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution", pg. & "Tower of London Armouries".

Price: SOLD


A VERY RARE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR USED ENGLISH "12-POUNDER" "BROAD ARROW MARKED" SOLID-SHOT CANNON BALL, ca. 1770 (EX. BATTLE OF CASTINE, MAINE JULY, 1779): In overall very good+ sound condition with richly toned oxidized iron surfaces and of solid shot configuration with an approx. 5" diameter. In overall very good+ condition with light to moderate surface pitting and a clearly struck, large-size "Broad Arrow" marking, denoting English govt. manufacture: highlighted with old White India Ink. Choice dark-colored brown/black patina with a visible casting pointal and various abrasions, patches of roughness and surface-pitting. A rare & authentic American Revolutionary War Used English Broad Arrow Marked 12-Pounder Cannon Ball, ca. 1779. ***From the site of the “Battle of Castine” (July, 1779) in present-day Maine; and accompanied by a brief history of the Battle. For similar type examples, please see G. C. Neumann's & F. Kravic's: "Collector's Illustrated Encyclopedia...".

Price: HOLD


VERY GOOD 16th-17th CENTURY 30-YEARS WAR MATCHLOCK/WHEELOCK-TYPE MUSKET/CARBINE BALLS, ca. 1600s: In overall very good+/fine excavated condition. Of approx. .65-.85 caliber. Untouched surfaces with heavy patination/oxidation and evidence of internment. In very good/fine excavated condition and some with evidence of being fired from a barrel of a smoothbore Musket. Excavated from a “Thirty Years War” Battlefield. Date to, ca. 1600s.

Price: $35.00 (Each)


EARLY TO MID 16th CENTURY ITALIAN/GERMAN "BEER MUG" CANNON BREECH, ca. 1525-1550: In overall very good+ untouched condition with chocolate brown surfaces having some light discolration and scattered moderate pitting. The cylindrical body of heavy, hand forged, iron construction with a reinforced ringed breech and a large touch-hole: 1.5"+ off center bore with thick side-walls. Missings its "Beer Mug" type handle with evidence of minor damage where it had once been affixed. In overall very good untouched condition. The expected hand-forged roughness, generally smooth, brown surfaces, some minor damage (noted) and general signs of use: pitting and wear. A rare and authentic, early to mid 16th century, iron, cannon breech/powder-chamber for an early breech loading artillery piece. Overall length 8 1/2", weight 15lbs. ***For a similar example please see "Guns", by Dudley Pope.

Price: $1,150.00


A VERY GOOD+ AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR "6-POUNDER" SOLID-SHOT CANNON BALL, ca. 1770: In overall very good sound condition with lightly oxidized, generally smooth, cast iron surfaces with an evident casting-sprue and expected pitting-- from internment. Of solid shot configuration and approx. 3" in diameter. In overall very good untouched condition with light to moderate surface pitting, casting-flaws and a dark brown age patina. A nice, authentic Revolutionary War 6-Pounder Cannon Ball, ca. 1770s. ***Purported to be recovered from the site of the “Battle of Castine” (July, 1779) in present-day Maine.

Price: $575.00


A VERY GOOD AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD "2-POUNDER" SOLID-SHOT CANNON BALL, ca. 1770s: In overall very good+ sound untouched condition with the smooth iron surfaces. Of sand-cast, solid shot configuration and approx. 2", in diameter with an pronounced medial seam and casting-pointal, as often seen on Colonial American made examples. In overall very good+ untouched condition with a smooth untouched chocolate-brown age patina. A nice, authentic Revolutionary War Period "2-Pounder" Cannon Ball, ca. 1770s.

Price: $375.00


A VERY GOOD 17th/18th CENTURY SPANISH BRONZE "BEER MUG" SALUTING MORTAR, ca. 1680-1720: In overall very good sound untouched condition and of very nicely cast bronze with dark & untouched, deep gunmetal-toned, smooth bronze surfaces. Of likely provincial/Spanish Colonial (Filipino/S. American) manufacture with a sharp attention to overall detail. Classic "Beer Mug" form with an integrally cast "mug type" handle and a turned and flared/wide base with a pierced touch-hole and a working-period "spiked" touch-hole with an iron Rosehead Nail "spike". Slightly flared mouth with a large 2 1/4" bore. Overall length 4 1/2". Weight 12 lbs. A very nice example of a Late 17th/Early 18th Century Spanish/Spanish Colonial Bronze "Beer Mug" type saluting mortar, ca. 1680-1720.

Price: $1,975.00


A VERY GOOD AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD “10-POUNDER” MORTAR-TYPE CANNON BALL, ca. 1750: In overall very good+ untouched condition. Of Mortar-type, cannon-ball form with a hollow/void for a powder-charge and (wooden) stopper. In very good+ untouched condition with generally smooth, dark-colored, steel surfaces with light scattered discoloration, minor surface laminations and evident casting flaws, etc. A very nice American Revolutionary War Period, (French?) 10-Pounder Mortar-type Cannon Ball, ca. 1750. Approx. diameter, 4 1/2”. For a similar example, please see G. C. Neumann’s & F. Kravic’s: “The Collector’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution".

Price: $875.00


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