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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-02-2020, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
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Default new guy- Tryin to identify 1657 cannon

Hi Folks,
I am new to site. Found it as i am trying to identify an old signal cannon i bought on eBay. Seller did not have much information. He is from middle of country. I am not sure if i happened across something really cool or a reproduction. I am in western Mass. All my family is Maine. I love boats and to have a cool old signal cannon is a relatively new found passion. I have collected a few cannons along the way, but this is my first serious one.

Look forward to exploring!!
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-02-2020, 05:35 PM
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This is not a working signal cannon, not even close, and it is not an antique. This is a decorative model made in Spain in the 1960s-70s, many types and sizes were made, and all were made to look "antique", many with "dates". This originally would have been mounted on a wooden carriage with fancy stamped metal accents. It is made of a pot-metal alloy colored to look like bronze. Note how the muzzle end reveals that the metal there is very thin - and likewise the barrel walls are also far too thin to be safely functional, even if it was made of bronze or iron. These decorator cannons are very well known to collectors. Whatever you do, never try to fire it, even with just a salute charge, it could become a pipe bomb. Sorry if that is bad news, but better to know what you have, and stay safe.
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Hello and Welcome to GBO! This is a great place. Pull up a chair and sit a spell.
It is a decorative cannon. The trunnions are way to small and the barrel
thickness at the muzzle is too thin. Don't shoot it.

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Welcome to the GBO Forums and in particular to our Cannon Forum, a link to which is:

As above, our very active black powder cannoneer members have responded to your initial post with a welcome, some background on your cannon, and a safety recommendation. They have been making cannons, talking cannons, and shooting black powder through cannons for decades. Their recommendations are sincere and if followed will keep you on this side of the sod with all digits intact.

We are glad you joined the GBO membership and look forward to further discussion with you.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-15-2020, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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The more i learn about cannons the less impressed i am with it. I totally agree that there are many things wrong with this cannon for any real "use". The barrel is way top big a bore for anything close to safe use. The trundles are undersized and probably should be lower on the barrel, plus the touch hole is extremely small.

Yes, this is a disappointment, but as it worked out it did not cost me much and if you do not learn much about cannons it makes a nice decorator piece.

Thank you for being so candid. I did need a reality check. It looks cool...unitl you really start looking and then it is hard to overlook the shortcomings.

Everybody needs to start somewhere and i appreciate the straight advice.

Take care and be safe.
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