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http://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/2856M/lots/14

I think this one weighs about 150 lbs.

What nationality? Was this a typical mortar that threw spherical explosive shells, or did it have some other purpose? It is very thick-walled, walls even at muzzle are approx 1 caliber. I haven't seen any marks other than a line parallel to the bore that's deeply engraved across the center of one trunnion. I'm guessing that's used in conjunction with a quadrant to check the mortar's elevation.

I don't recall seeing a similar mortar in any book anywhere, so I need help making any sense out of this piece. Thanks.
 

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Looks like it is copying the naval guns of the period almost a short howitzer (swivel?) than a mortar....
 

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I have no proof at all, but a strong suspicion that this may be a continental version of a Manby type mortar for line throwing purposes.
some of the early Manby type line throwing mortars were made for/paid by various benefactors and likely of non-regulation patterns.
 
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