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post #2 of (permalink) Old 02-24-2018, 12:36 PM
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Thanks for posting. I like to check old cannon fables aka provenance when possible, especially with Spanish cannons which interest me more than some others. Here’s the Julia description:

SN 697. Cal. 3″ bore. This 3-pounder Howitzer has great provenance, once being in the US Cartridge Collection, previously cataloged in the 1899 catalog of the A. E. Brooks Collection. This gun was on display at the St. Louis World Exposition in 1904, along with other captured cannon from the Battle of Vera Cruz. Like other 3-pounder late-18th and early-19th century 3-pounder Spanish Howitzers, overall length is 30″ with a 3″ bore. The associated carriage dates from the 19th century and has Brooks inventory number “2229” stamped. There is also a metal plate with a previous number “2153” which is possibly the previous collection number of A. Gerald Hull Collection of Saratoga, New York. Gun is in beautiful condition with smooth bronze and SNd on one trunnion “No 169”. PROVENANCE: Augustus Gerald Hull Collection,( 1858-1893); A. E. Brooks, Hartford, Connecticut, 1893; US Cartridge Collection, 1902; sold in auction by Robbins H. Ritter, East Hartford, Connecticut, 1942; Butterfield & Butterfield Auction. CONDITION: Very good overall including accompanying carriage. Tube has light mustard patina with numerous small dings and dents expected after 200 years. 52863-3 JS (6,000-8,000) – Lot 134”

Since the catalogs of two earlier collections it was in are online, I looked. The Julia description adds a few things to the descriptions in the earlier catalogs. Julia is the first to describe it (accurately) as a Spanish howitzer. The earlier descriptions left its nationality out and didn’t mention anything about capture, instead implying (my reading anyway) that it was used by US forces at Vera Cruz in the Mexican War. Specifically, both the Brooks (1899) and the USCC (1903) catalogs state: (see photo for identical text.)
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