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6.40  SALUTING CANNON.   Highly desirable American yacht cannon from the second half of the 19th century.  This extraordinary piece of American history was made by the Strong Manufacturing Company, New Haven, Connecticut circa 1880.  It features a solid bronze barrel with a 1 1/16th inch “Number 4” bore, and a heavy pivoting breech block with percussion firing pin, spring-loaded closure, and shell extractor.  The breech, with an outside diameter of 4 ¼ inches, will accommodate a 10 gauge shogun shell and is complete with its original and functional spring-loaded shell extractor.  This unusually large version of yachting cannons measures 24 inches long on the barrel and 28 inches long overall.  The ebonized hardwood carriage measures 17 ¼ inches long by 8 inches wide and 13 inches high overall.   The total width at the wheels is 13 inches.  Mounted within the carriage is the original rotating brass jack screw for precise elevation of the barrel by means of the 4-pronged lift screw.  The top of the breech is faintly marked (some illegible):


MAN’F’D
THE STRONG FIREARMS
-CO-
(Eagle mark)
NEW HAVEN, CONN.
U.S.A.
SOLD BY
 HENRY C. SQUIRES
 NEW YORK.”

The entire assembly weighs an impressive 72 pounds.   Complete with several blank shotgun shells.  A most handsome, fully functional American cannon approximately 135 years old. Price Request Special PackagingBack to Top


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6.38   BRONZE PULLEYS.   Full matched set comprising 6 American-made bronze pulleys.  These No. 3 pulleys have cheeks and sheaves of cast bronze.  The axels consist of a riveted bronze pins.  The finished bronze eyes are captured in the top so that they pivot freely yet do not interfere with the rotation of the sheave.  The pulley has the maker’s logo of a “+” cast in relief on one side and numeral “3” on the other.  The eyelet is additionally stamped “3.”  All six have acquired a nice bronze age patina yet are in factory new condition.   2 7/8 inches long, by 1 1/8 inches wide and 1 inch thick overall.   An excellent set perfect for light load nautical or domestic applications.  69 / all


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6.33  EXCEPTIONAL YACHT CANNON.  “THE” most highly sought after 19th century American yacht signaling cannon “MADE BY H. BROWN & CO. NEW HAVEN CT U.S.A.  LAVIGNE’S  PAT. JULY 31-86” as marked on the top of the breech.  This incredible cannon is unusually large for yachting.  The length of the barrel itself is a full 2 feet with a bore of just under 1 ½ inches!  It is made of solid gun metal bronze and the breech is fitted with a unique closure incorporating a lanyard-fired percussion system.  The cannon is supported in its heavy brass trunnion mounts which allow elevation through a wide range.   The original wooden carriage is made of dense mahogany with brass fittings including 4 rings for securing and numerous acorn nuts.  There are two small wooden wheels for ease of moving this heavy assembly weighing over 100 pounds!   The patented breech block operates smoothly with a tight fit.  The spring-loaded firing pin is released by pulling the remotely-operated hand lanyard which has a stout brass pull ring.  Once fired, the expended shell is removed by the finger shell extractor.  As an added bonus this cannon comes with a custom-made knurled aluminum insert which allows the cannon to be fired with a much smaller 10 gauge shotgun shell.  27 ¼ inches long and 30 inches overall.  It stands 11 inches high.  Excellent original condition in all respects.  The cannon and its fittings have acquired a lovely statuary bronze age patina.Price Request Special PackagingBack to Top

The R. H. Brown Company began business in New Haven, Connecticut in 1888 manufacturing yachting and signaling cannons.   After a relatively brief but illustrious career, the company closed its operations in 1912, the same year as the infamous TITANIC disaster. 

The unique lanyard percussion firing system offered here was the invention of J.P. Lavigne, who was awarded a U.S. Patent for his design in 1886.  The cannon is fired by pulling a lanyard, which releases the spring-loaded firing pin into the charge.  This design eliminated the need for cocking prior to firing.  Another innovative aspect was the swivel breech block which allowed simple closure of the breech without locking as required by other cannons of the period.  Both of these features combined to allow rapidity of firing as well as providing an additional measure of safety for the cannoneer.

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6.30  18th C. PIRATE CANNON.   Rare!  The real deal!  Authentic ship’s rail gun made by Spanish foundries in the Philippine Islands during the early 1700’s.  Also known as a "Lantaka," many of these cannons found their way into the possession of marauding pirates who plundered the shipping lanes between the Malay Peninsula northward to Formosa during that era.  This magnificent relic is made of solid bronze, weighing in at a massive 140 pounds!  It is beautifully cast with decorative details in high relief including classic dolphin handles forward of the touch hole and the maker’s cartouche above the breech.  This genuine cannon (“gun” in Naval parlance) is mounted on trunnions attached to a pivot which allowed it to be slewed from side to side and elevated with ease.  To these ends it was once equipped with a wooden “aiming rod” which fit into the circular collar on the butt end.   This awesome ancient armament measures 65 inches (5 feet 5 inches) long and is 6 inches wide at the yoke.  From the tip of the mounting pivot, which fit into the ship’s rail, to the top of the barrel it is 15 inches.  The bore is 1 13/16 inches.  Condition is excellent and original with a wonderful green verdigris patina and evidence of actual use in the bore.  If only this thing could talk, what incredible stories it could tell! Request Price Special Packaging

Museum quality at its best.  Again, make no mistake, this a REAL PIRATE CANNON!   

A smaller if not somewhat similar cannon was recently offered on eBay for $7,500.  It was described by the seller as (quote), “The entire cannon is made of bronze.  It measures 38 inches long, 4 inches wide.  It has a 3/4 inch bore size.  This cannon appears to be a status item used to mark special events by the people of Borneo, Malaysia, and was most likely cast in Brunei, probably mid 1800s.  The surface decoration is a nice feature and adds value, but there are no animals cast onto the barrel as found on the most desirable of these cannons.  This cannon has a lot of casting flaws and casting cracks.  The yoke part of the cannon has a loose mount on the side and looks like it was repaired years ago.  The pin the yoke rides on is wobbling.  This cannon has seen a beating over the years.

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6.28  EXTRA NICE PORTHOLE.  Unusually fine, heavy solid brass ship’s 3-dog porthole.  This genuine relic from the days of steam measures a full 22 ½ inches in diameter overall.  The flawless crystal clear, thick glass port measures a full 18 inches across.  The overall depth of this porthole is 5 ½ inches, having a flange thickness of 5/8ths inches, weighing an impressive 62 pounds!  Condition is exceptional with a high luster polish preserved with a professional quality coating.  We have not encountered a more pristine example in all our 35 years in this business. Request Price Special Packaging



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6.39 NAVAL CANNONS.  Matched pair of decorative 19th century ship's naval guns on their carriages. These two authentic looking cannons have barrels of heavy cast iron  mounted on equally heavy solid oak carriages with hand forged fittings. Each weighs a hefty 70 pounds. These cannons were not designed to fire, but likely were used as display pieces or trade signs. Each of the cannons is 27 1/2 inches long overall, with their barrels measuring 24 inches long and bores of 1 1/4 inches.  Excellent original condition with the appearance of genuine 18th century ship’s guns.   2495/pair Special Packaging


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