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Georgian period cannon

Article about: Another of my 'finds' at Liverpool arms fair last Sunday. Again, I didn't really know where to post this - so apologies if it is in the wrong forum section. The cannon is a working model wit

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    Another of my 'finds' at Liverpool arms fair last Sunday. Again, I didn't really know where to post this - so apologies if it is in the wrong forum section.

    The cannon is a working model with a barrel length of almost six inches. At first I thought that it may have been intended as a child's toy, and it wasn't until I got it home and examined it more closely that I realised how old it actually was. On both sides of the wooden carriage is stamped the crown of King George 111. The barrel is also stamped in the same fashion. I doubt very much if it was meant as a toy. Perhaps a tester for the combustibility of powder? I know I am probably clutching at straws with that theory though! Click on pictures to enlarge.

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    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.

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    Great find. I am envious!!!!!!!!
    Collect ROA, Cossack, Schuma and other WW2 Volunteer militaria.

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    A signal canon?...
    It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.



    I'm Spartacus, not really i'm Paul!...

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    Quote by Gunny Hartmann View Post
    A signal canon?...
    I would think far too small for that!
    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.

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    Quote by HARRY THE MOLE View Post
    I would think far too small for that!
    What size is it mate?...
    Ah gotcha it would be a bit small, the smallest i've seen described as a signal canon is about a foot long!...
    It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.



    I'm Spartacus, not really i'm Paul!...

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    That's a fantastic piece mate!

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    great looking Cannon Steve. Wish I had one in my war room. Oh!! thats right, I have no more room.

    John

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    great looking Cannon Steve. Wish I had one in my war room. Oh!! thats right, I have no more room.

    John
    I specialize in M1 carbines and Lugers.

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    nice piece.

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    Again, possibly a ceremonial piece for an officers' mess or ship-starting gun for races or similar.

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    The barrel is barely six inches long! Starting cannons are usually much bigger! Although I do agree that it could be a ceremonial piece.
    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.

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