Here are a few pictures of my new 1/3rd scale 3 inch Parrott rifle. The tube is from South Bend Replicas. Of course it's not rifled, but the bore is a scale 1 inch.
I picked this up Friday afternoon in Amarillo, TX after spending 8 hours plus on the road driving from Little Rock, AR. The seller actually lives in Idaho, but was visiting his in laws in Amarillo for Thanksgiving. He offered to bring the cannon with him to Amarillo if I could meet him there. I spent the night in a motel and made the return trip Saturday.
As mentioned in the previous post, the seller's late father built the carriage entirely himself including the wheels, which seems amazing to me for a first time attempt. Included was a copy of a 1976 South Bend catalog with this barrel checked off as being ordered. The seller figured his dad had completed the model within 6 months of getting the barrel, so that would make the model around 42 years old now. It has been well taken care of, so other than a little paint wear--mostly on the iron work, it's in perfect condition.
There was some concern about the bore being pitted, but it doesn't look bad to me. It's not mirror bright, just a bit dull, but feels very smooth to the touch. I think the seller was trying to compare it to a relatively new rifle or pistol bore. I think a little polishing will clean it right up.
There was quite a bit of extra stuff included. First there were two extra wheels, an axle, an axle housing, and some itron work plus wood parts that his father made in anticipation of constructing a matching limber. Also included is a custom mold for the projectiles, two load measures made from old military shell casings, patches, felt wads, plus bags of left over nuts, bolts, chain, etc. Lastly an array of old catalogs, drawings, and artillery related books--most of which I already own. He had several catalogs from companies that I had never heard of, which do not exist today. Of course all this stuff was collected before the days of the internet.
Here's a few more pictures from different angles
With the hand spike in the pointing rings
Here's my other South Bend cannon which is a 9 inch Dahlgren--also with a 1 inch bore. It's a 1/7th scale and is dwarfed by the
For what I paid, and what others have indicated here, I think got an absolute bargain--even including having to pay for a night in a motel, 4 or more tankfulls of gas, and spending 17 hours on the interstate.