home pageShippingannins Wated

We are very proud to be able to offer these fantastic original antique RH Brown, Snow, and Strong

Yacht Signal Cannons

ALL are in excellent condition!

Also, other modern and antique blank firing cannons will be listed here.

Rare 4 Gauge Bronze Yacht Signal Cannon
 
4 Gauge Blank Firing Yacht cannon 1890 for sale
 
This huge yacht signal cannon takes 4 gauge blank shells and has a bore of 1.05” with a sleeved barrel.
 The barrel has a constant diameter breech section followed by a tapered section with a flare at the end of the barrel.
 
4 Gauge Blank Firing Yacht cannon 1890 for sale

The mahogany carriage is original and in excellent condition.
The wheels are made from lignum vitae wood and have the original leather bands.
All of the hardware is original.
 
      4 Gauge Blank Firing Yacht cannon 1890 for sale    4 Gauge Blank Firing Yacht cannon 1890 for sale  4 Gauge Blank Firing Yacht cannon 1890 for sale 
 
Instead of the simple swiveling breech mechanisms of most cannons made during this period, this cannon features a rotating, sliding and cam locking breech mechanism, like those found on large naval guns and field guns of the period. 
 
To open the breech rotate the breech lock handle 45 degrees and pull the breech lock back.
 There is a shell extractor to automatically pull the spent shell out as you do so.
Swing the breech lock out of the way to remove spent shells, re-load and clean. Reverse to close.
 
This is the VERY first cannon like this we have ever had for sale! 
 4 Gauge Blank Firing Yacht cannon 1890 for sale 
 
Close-Up – Breech Lock and Elevation Adjustment
 
 4 Gauge Blank Firing Yacht cannon 1890 for sale
 
Possible Patent and Origin
There are no markings on the cannon, however the acorn nuts and carriage profile match those of cannons produced by Brown and Snow around 1890.
There are no known examples of cannons by Brown or Strong or any other maker with this kind of breech mechanism.
A patent was issued to T. Nordenfelt on June 12, 1888 that describes the mechanism.
It is possible the cannon was produced by Brown or Strong before the development of the simpler, but weaker, swiveling mechanism of
Lavigne.
 
The cannon comes with 22 - 4 gauge shells!
There are 11 casings that are unloaded and 11 that are loaded with black powder by a punt gun expert in the U.K.
The 4 gauge shells have approximately 3X the powder of 12 gauge shells.
 
4 Gauge Blank Firing Yacht cannon 1890 for sale
 
Size comparison with RH Brown 10 Gauge above!
 
Price on this incredibly rare piece:  $9,995 US$ plus shipping.

1894 10 Gauge Signal Cannon

 Early R.H. Brown Yacht Race "Prize"

1894 RH Brown 10 Gauge Signal Cannon for sale 

 

1894 RH Brown 10 Gauge Signal Cannon for sale 

Swivel breech loading mechanism as per the Lavigne patent. Finger pull shell extractor.

Safety firing mechanism, spring holds firing pin away from shell, to fire you pull lanyard which

Pulls the firing pin forward and towards the shell.

Condition excellent, very minor scuff marks.

Cannon was yacht racing prize dated August 4, 1894, made by R. H. Brown

1894 RH Brown 10 Gauge Signal Cannon for sale

Price on this excellent piece is $4,750 US$

1894 RH Brown 10 Gauge Signal Cannon for sale 

 

Cannon was presented by Indian Harbor Yacht Club to the yacht ‘Win or Lose’ for a race run on August 4, 1894. Inscribed ‘I.H.Y.C AUG. 4th ‘94 “WIN OR LOSE”’ and ‘MADE BY R.H. BROWN & CO. NEW HAVEN, CT. U.S.A LAVIGNE PAT. JULY 3 ‘88 PAT. FEB 18 ‘90

 

1894 RH Brown 10 Gauge Signal Cannon for sale   1894 RH Brown 10 Gauge Signal Cannon for sale

Extremely Rare Strong 10 Gauge Yacht cannon from early 1900's

Strong 10 Gauge Yacht cannon from early 1900's for sale   Strong 10 Gauge Yacht cannon from early 1900's for sale   Strong 10 Gauge Yacht cannon from early 1900's for sale
 
 This is a beautiful example of a Strong 10 gauge Naval style brass yacht signal cannon with mahogany carriage.
 
Strong 10 Gauge Yacht cannon from early 1900's for sale  Strong 10 Gauge Yacht cannon from early 1900's for sale
 
 
 The markings on this cannon are very deep and crisp, which is not commonly found.
Many barrels have been repeatedly polished over the years and most markings have become very light.
 
Strong 10 Gauge Yacht cannon from early 1900's for sale   Strong 10 Gauge Yacht cannon from early 1900's for sale   Strong 10 Gauge Yacht cannon from early 1900's for sale
 
This is a strong Strong!
It dates from the late 19th century, the company then having been purchased by Winchester and shut down to eliminate competition.
 
Strong 10 Gauge Yacht cannon from early 1900's for sale   Strong 10 Gauge Yacht cannon from early 1900's for sale   Strong 10 Gauge Yacht cannon from early 1900's for sale   Strong 10 Gauge Yacht cannon from early 1900's for sale
 
 The gun measures about 16 inches in overall length, the 10 gauge barrel 14 inches, the height is about 9 inches, and weight is about 12 pounds.
 
 The solid mahogany carriage is in excellent condition with no cracks or repairs and all original finish. It has not been sanded or re-varnished.
The brass has not been buffed or polished.
 The mechanics are all excellent and function properly.
 
 This is a nicely sized gun which displays very well.
If you always wanted a fine example of an original Strong gun, this is a beauty.
 
Price: $5,800 US$ + $40 shipping in the USA. 

Sorry this one is Sold!

Brown Cannon

Manufactured between 1888 and the very early 1900's!

   

 

Manufactured By

R. H. Brown Co.

New Haven Conn.

USA

 Bore: .75 inch

Barrel Length 12 inches

Height: 9 inches

Weight: 10 lbs.

Dated: Late 1800’s to early 1900’s

Markings:

Made By

R. H. Brown Co.

New Haven Conn. USA

Lavigne Pat. July 31-88

  

 This incredible cannon is in pristine condition and over a hundred years old! It has been in one family for fifty five years!  These yacht cannons are extremely rare and just about impossible to find in this condition!

     

It fires with a sophisticated firing pin hitting 10 gauge blank shells that are still available! 

Sold

Plus $35 for shipping and insurance. Located in the USA for quick delivery.

   

 

Original Serial Number on carriage in #2!

The R. H. Brown Company appeared in New Haven, Connecticut in 1888. They started to advertise their yacht signal and salute cannons in 1889. They went out of business in 1912. During that 23 year period they produced some very fine, and distinctive yacht cannons.

The lanyard design is quite unique. The design was awarded patent no. 421,730, to J.P. Lavigne on February 18, 1890. There isn't any need to cock the cannon. It is fired by pulling the lanyard, which "pulls" the firing pin to the shell. The firing pin is spring loaded so that it is always toward the rear. Also, the breech doesn't lock into position, rather it just closes. There is a mystery as to how Brown used the design, as there was also another Yacht cannon company in New Haven, Connecticut under the name of Lavigne & Scott Mfg. from 1894 to 1898.

Brown cannons were also scaled and made in different sizes.

home pageShippingannins Wated

Your Name:
Your E-Mail:
Your Comments:

 

Last up-dated on 05/23/2014