Presenting a spectacular 16th century Tudor period hand or signal cannon, of exceptional size and quality of markings.
This hand-cast iron cannon is of octagonal faceted form with a flared base and molded touch hole. Each of the octagonal facets terminate with punched decorations of crosses and rosettes around the muzzle.
The octagonal plane with the touch hole is prominently marked with a Christian cross, and further adorned with punched decorations of crescents terminating in rosettes. It is likely that a maker's mark may have been present below the first crescent, but is no longer able to be discerned. Two of the punched markings are also are repeated on the neighboring octagonal planes. These crescent-and-rosette decorations bear a strong resemblance to a 7 1/2 inch signal cannon formerly in the Tucker collection, Buckinghamshire, UK.
Post-Medieval signal cannons were cast in the size range of 4 to 10 inches. This was due to larger versions disturbing tendency to explode- often with fatal consequences to the gunner; which also explains why so very few larger examples survive.
At 12 inches, such a cannon is considered exceptionally large and noteworthy. This piece is 14 1/2 long, with a base diameter of 5 1/2", a bore hole of 1 1/2 ". The last photograph shows this piece with more typical examples, for a visual reference. Frequently they have minimal or no decoration. This substantial piece, weighing 43 pounds, with the added visual and historical interest of its markings, is worthy of a prized place in your militaria collection.
We are the exclusive position to be able to offer a total of six cannon that had been collected in the first half of the 20th century, including one (not pictured), sized to transition visually between this and the more typically sized signal cannons.
Together, they make a rare, boldly graphic and uniquely historic designer grouping, that would work in a variety of settings. Should you desire to purchase additional pieces , please contact us for details and pricing opportunities.
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