Lot 212: Revolutionary War Era Rare Cast Iron Salute Hand Cannon
29 October 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Revolutionary War Era Rare Cast Iron "Hand-Cannon"
c. 1770-83 Revolutionary War Era. Rare Iron Hand-Cannon, Salute / Powder Tester, Original Patina, Very Fine.
This 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. 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 4.75" tall with a 1" bore. The top is 2" across in a hexagon form and its base is 2.25" hexagon. They are solid Iron that is very heavy (about 3.5 lbs). It is of a square design with chamfered corners and is ignited by a small touch hole near the base. This example has an overall even natural rich original patina. An original Revolutionary War Era "museum" piece that will look great in any period or militaria display.