Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Little Rock, AR
Possible cannon purchase? Update 11/25/2018
Back in June, I came across a listing for a 1/3 scale 10 lb Parrott on a historically accurate field carriage. I talked to the seller at the time and found out that his late father had built it. The barrel is a 1 inch bore steel sleeved cast iron model from South Bend replicas. He said his dad used ordinance plans to make the carriage. The deal also included a completed extra set of wheels and steel axle since his dad had planned to eventually construct a matching limber, but never got around to it before he passed away. Along with a ball mold and loading implements, the sale also includes a telescopic sight that his dad used for aiming. Supposedly the sight is from a WW II model 1903-a4 sniper rifle. The seller said that he had no interest in cannons, but had only kept it because his dad had made it.
I was close to buying it at the time, but then found out that the seller did not want to contend with shipping--I really didn't either, but the issue for direct pickup was that he lived out west about 1650 miles from Arkansas. However, in our discussion, he did mention that his wife's family lived in Amarillo, TX and that about once a year they would visit, so he wouldn't mind bringing it with them in their SUV. Amarillo is still 8 hours from Little Rock, but that knocks about two thirds off the distance to his home. He just didn't know at the time--if and when they would schedule a visit, but he promised to contact me if they were going to make the trek and he still had the cannon.
The cannon and painted carriage looked to be as described in the listing picture, but shortly after we talked--the seller removed the listing from the site. Unfortunately, I failed to make a copy the picture at the time.
I had all but forgotten about the deal until Sunday when out of the blue, the seller sent me an email that he and his wife were going to visit her family in Amarillo for Thanksgiving and asking if I was still interested in the cannon. I have asked him for a couple of photos, and will post them if he is able to do so.
His initial asking price was $2000, but when we spoke back in June, he came down to $1700. Since we didn't really agree to anything firm at the time because to the shipping/distance issue, it's possible he might be willing to negotiate some more.
I have a fairly recent South Bend price list (2014), which lists that 1/3 scale Parrott at $630 plus shipping. Of course it may be more now. However, I guessing a custom historically accurate scale carriage might be worth as much, if not more than the barrel. Then when one adds in the value of two extra custom wheels, mold and tools plus a potentially valuable WW II sniper scope, the price might be pretty reasonable. I just sold one of my antique model 92 Winchesters a few weeks ago for a little more than that, so I have the cash on hand. (always a dangerous thing for me)
I told him I wanted to mull it over and would let him know by Wednesday.
I would welcome any opinions on the deal and my value estimation at this point
Artillery brings dignity to what would otherwise be a vulgar brawl!
Last edited by double d; 11-25-2018 at 07:37 PM.
Reason: Merging same subject topic