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 Antique European Naval Signal Cannons - Dating from the 1600's.

Summer Sale Item!

 4 height on the small one, 3 inch diameter base, forged, not cast, with 1 inch bore. Larger one about 5 inches.
The base flared with touch hole.
Used in evenly spaced lines and ignited in sequence, ships within view were able to calculate their position and speed from the delay between seeing the flash and hearing the report.
Well used with good nautical character.


Very Rare 9+ foot Dutch 36 Pounder Iron Ships Cannon

Sold - 5/27/2013!

French 1823 36 Pounder Iron Cannon for sale

Over 9 feet long and dated 1823 - complete with an exact reproduction carriage made in England!

French 36 Pound Iron 1823 Cannon for sale   French 36 Pound Iron 1823 Cannon for sale

      You will never see another tremendous cannon like this one for sale in this near perfect condition!

  We sold another one of these about five years ago from the same ship, without a carriage and this is only the second one we have ever seen available for sale. The gun was made in the current city Belgium city of Liege (formality called Luik as marked on the cannon) that used to be a part of Holland back in 1823 and was reported used on a French war ship.

       This extremely rare Dutch Naval 36 Pounder that is approximately 9 feet 3inches in length and weighs about 7000 pounds! Condition is pristine for an iron cannon this age. Price includes a custom made naval carriage for this cannon out of African Hardwoods that will last a hundred years outside even if un painted.

 This is a French cannon that is 9 feet length and 24” in diameter with a bore of  6 and 1/4 inches. 

 The markings are as follows:

          This big gun weighs well over 6,500 pounds and  was built in Luik, Holland in 1823.

 This  is not a "Sea Salvage" cannon and not taken from a sunken ship, so it does not require any conservation other then normal painting. 

 The authentic reproduction carriage (cost over $15,000 US$)  was made in England and it’s  an exact  replica of a carriage of those times.

     This cannon is truly a show piece for someone or business who wants to own a spectacular piece of history.

 Priced now at: $22,950 US$ to sell immediately! 

Located in Ohio, USA for free pick-up or we can ship anywhere at reasonable cost.

 Below is a 30 pounder & a 12 pounder almost exactly like it, but much smaller, that we sold last week for almost the same price!

30 pounder Dutch Cannon for sale  French 12 pounder iron cannon for sale


Rare 1750's British three pounder Naval Cannons
Exact matched pair available!

Sorry, sold almost immediately.
British three pounder Naval Cannon for sale
The Iron tube measures approximately 42 inches in length.
British three pounder Naval Cannon for sale    British three pounder Naval Cannon for sale    British three pounder Naval Cannon for sale
These have a 2 inch bore.
Hurry, don't let this rare pair get away!!!
They are 8 1/2 inches in diameter at breech.
  Rear of tube has loop for placing rope to pull cannon back into firing position when fired.  
The have four wheel teak wood museum copy garrison carriage. 
 Total weight approximately 400 pounds.
Located in Kentucky, USA. We can arrange shipping of these anywhere in the world

French Napoleon Era Iron Naval Cannon
Model 1787

Sold  July 26, 2013
French Napoleon Era Iron Naval Cannon
This is a fantastic French Iron cannon in excellent condition. It is a massive piece that would be the centerpiece of any collection or museum display.  This Napoleonic War era gun is an extremely rare fine in this pristine condition.
French Napoleon Era Iron Naval Cannon     French Napoleon Era Iron Naval Cannon
Dated 1809.
Very large gun at nearly 9 feet long!
Appears to be a 14-18 Pounder.
French Napoleon Era Iron Naval Cannon       French Napoleon Era Iron Naval Cannon
Overall very good condition with clear marks. Date and serial number: No. J 569
This gun was just professionally cleaned and painted.
Mounted on a 18th century style carriage.
 Made of hard wood with hand made black smith iron work.
Carriage about 30 years old and has been recently cleaned and has a coat of marine spar varnish.
Price: $21,000 US$ + shipping.

Sold  July 20, 2013

Shipwreck Cannons for sale

These two cannons that have been in in one family's possession for around 50 years.

They were found on the Barrier Reef of the Coast of Eastern Australia.

They are in very good stable condition, but could use realistic carriages!

The size is 44 inches in length,  6.5 inches width at front of barrel with a 2 inch bore.

They are British Carronade style without trunnions.

Shipwreck Cannons for sale  Shipwreck Cannons for sale 

Price for the pair: $4,995 US$ including the display carriages

Located in St Ives, NSW, AUSTRALIA

British Shipwreck Naval Cannon
Recovered in San Francisco Bay!

A Very Rare Original British Cannon!


LENGTH: 43 inches
WEIGHT: about 300 pounds

Width at base is about 8.5 inches and at the muzzle 6.25 inches.

It was on the wreck of one of the many ships which were abandoned by the crew during the gold rush of the 1850s, and left to sink.

This is an extremely rare find. It was allegedly recovered from the San Francisco Bay in about 1900.
It is one of the few original British shipwreck cannons that we have seen in this good condition. As you would expect, it is in a corroded condition but quite stable.

Hurry it will sell at this very low pricing!
Sold 5/28/2013

Very Rare Huge Dutch 30 Pounder Iron Ships Cannon

Sold 5/1/2013

8 feet 8 inches long and dated 1823 - complete with exact reproduction carriage made in England!


Above photos taken 11/05/2012

You will never see another tremendous cannon like this one for sale in this near perfect condition! 

 We sold another one of these about five years ago and we now have a larger one available.

 This is only the third one one we have ever seen available for sale.   

This extremely rare Dutch Naval 30 Pounder that is approximately 8 feet  inches in length and weighs about 3,800 pounds! Condition is pristine for an iron cannon this age. Price includes a custom made naval carriage for this cannon out of African Hardwoods that will last a hundred years outside even if un painted.


The markings are as follows:

Dated: 1855 


Weight: 1676 Ki0 (kilograms) 3678 lbs.

Ships Cannon number: No.1

Serial Number: 2433


 This big gun weighs 3678 pounds (barrel only) and  was built in Liege in 1851.

This  is not a "Sea Salvage" cannon and not taken from a sunken ship, so it does not require any conservation other then normal painting. 

The authentic reproduction carriage  was made of teakwood and it’s  an exact  replica of a carriage of those times to original plans with iron wheels.

    This cannon is truly a show piece for some collector or business who wants to own a spectacular piece of history and can be placed inside or outside.


American Revolutionary War Iron Carron

Sorry - Sold 1/29/2013

It is very rare to see find an American Revolutionary War iron cannon for sale like this!

American Revolutionary War iron cannon for sale

    Reportedly originally on an American ship and then mounted on this reproduction carriage.

         American Iron Carronade for sale  American Iron Carronade for sale

The carriage hardware is all very heavy duty and most seems to be original!

Length overall on carriage: 10 feet

Barrel length: 53 inches

Bore: 3 inch

Wheel diameter: 41 inches


Mounted on 1700's style Carriage.

This cannon was fired until 3 years ago, but it cannot be fired again unless bored out and a steel sleeve professionally installed!

The carriage is in good condition, but need some work done to the axle.

Located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Very Rare Iron Dutch VOC shipwreck cannon
Sorry -Sold in 3 days!

Iron VOC Cannon for sale

The cannon was preserved by special heating treatments.

Material: Cast Iron

Year made: 1789

Length: 4.5 feet

Shot size: 3 pounder


Price: $7,500 US$ + shipping

Located in Holland

Very Rare British Iron Rail Cannon from early 1800's!

British Iron Rail Cannon

This  rare British rail cannon is in good condition. It is 2 feet 2 inches long and has a bore of 1.75 inches.

  British Iron Rail Cannon

Weight: about 85 pounds

British Iron Rail Cannon   British Iron Rail Cannon

It is NOT sea salvage and there are no problems with corrosion. It just needs the surface rust treated with phosphoric acid.

The photo below is what the cannon above looks like today after the buyer placed it on a new carriage.

British Iron Cannon

1750's United States Iron Plank Cannon 

Iron Plank Cannon

   Plank Cannon


This a great and very rare 18th Century Iron Plank Cannon.


Length: 22inches

Diameter at muzzle: 3 inches and 4 ½ inches diameter at the breech

Bore: 1.25 inch    (A one Pounder)

Weighs: 66 pounds

Top of cannon is marked Fort Ligonier, Oct 12, 1758.

 Research below was obtained from a book written by Jacob L. Grimm, curator of the Carnegie Museum.  

A plank cannon is mounted on a wooden plank and held in place by blacksmith made straps.  These cannons are highly mobile and could be carried. The plank with cannon attached could be placed on top of the forts log entrenchment and fired at the enemy.  The plank cannons could also be used on the rails of war ships. This cannon was excavated from Fort Ligonier, Pa in 1960.  Fort Ligonier was built in 1758 along the Loyalhanna Creek at what is now Ligonier, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. The fort was built by Colonel James Burd a British officer with 1500 men under his command, on Sept. 3, 1758.  The fort was used as a staging area in attaching French forces and their Indian allies. The fort was heavily attacked on June 21, 1758 but the attack was repelled. In 1766 the fort was decommissioned and no longer used.  

 Price: $2,250 US$ - plus shipping. 

Unique Asian Pepper Box Hand Cannon

Overall length is 18.3 cm ( 7.2 in).  Barrel cluster is 3 cm ( 1.18 in ) diameter. Bore size is approximately 7mm ( .28 cal).  Matchlock ignition system. Origin unknown -  found in South Korea - condition GREAT! Located in the USA now!

American 1812 Iron Cannon

American Iron Cannon on original carriage

Sold August 13, 2008


 A "Working" 1780's Danish Cannon!



This is an extremely rare working cannon that is currently being fired!

   Bore:  3 inches

Tube Length: 46.5 inches

  Breech Diameter: 10.25 inches

  Muzzle Diameter at widest point: 7 inches

Wheel Height: 44 inches

  Wheel Width: (Inside) 40 inches

  Trunnion Diameter: 3.5 inches

  Tube weight: 490 lbs. (222 kg.)

Danish naval cannon mounted on artillery chassis.  This cannon dates from approximately 1780 to 1790 and was found in St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. (Formerly a Danish Colony).  The barrel has new stainless steel sleeve (Lawrence Cook, Cook Arsenal, Meriden, CT)  which was done to allow firing of zinc balls for hobby firing.  The barrel barrel has a three-inch bore.  Sleeve has new touch hole machined for percussion system to allow firing by lanyard.  Wheels and axle are from 1884 International Harvester U.S. Army ammo wagon.  Wagon was used in WWI France.  Wheels and axle installed because of forged steel axle and heavy wheels.  Chassis came from the Great Danbury State Fair.



A Certificate of Authenticity is included in the sale!

Sold at: $11,500 US$ 9/01/2008

Located on the U. S. East Coast for FREE pick-up!

The St. Croix Cannon 

This cannon was found on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. 

Island of St. Croix 

First claimed by Spain, the island has had its share of bloody history.  Christopher Columbus can upon St. Croix on November 14, 1493 during his second voyage to the Americas.  He sent a crew ashore at St. Croix’s Salt River Inlet in search of potable water; there followed a brief confrontation with some of the island’s Taino inhabitants resulting in deaths on both sides. 

European Battleground

After Columbus, the island became a battleground for European powers and changed hands many times over the centuries.  The flags of Spain, Holland, France, England, and even the Knights of Malta flew over St. Croix at one time or another.  The Dutch and English were among the first to establish themselves on St. Croix; and both powers had a presence on the island by 1625.  Additionally, smugglers and pirates of the mid-1700s necessitated the construction of Fort Frederik in 1752.

Denmark purchased the Island of St. Croix from France in 1733.  The Danes sold St. Croix to the US during WWI (1917) to prevent the isle from being used as a U-boat (submarine) base by the Germans.

 Cannon History

The cannon barrel was found in the early 1970s.  It was half-buried and being used as a decorative post.  The barrel was restored and placed in a typical ship’s cannon mount.  The cannon was brought to New England after hurricane Hugo in 1989.  There was an interest in bringing it back to life and using it for cannon firing practice.  The barrel was brought to Lawrence E. Cook of Cook’s Arsenal in Meriden, CT in 1992.  There it was given a stainless steel sleeve to allow for corrosion resistance as it can be used for firing.  At the same time, a new touch hole was installed for a percussion cap/lanyard pull.  It was suggested then to mold zinc balls for firing practice.   

Since the Danes purchased the islands in 1733, it is likely the barrel is Danish merchant since the practice was to use cannon as ballast on the outward bound trip and return with a ship full of molasses and fewer cannons.  An expert on cannons could zero-in on history by studying the tube’s casting bands (Exhibit 1).  No markings are apparent on the tube itself. 

The wheels and axle are made by International Harvester, 1884.  The date is raised lettering on cast iron casting on the wheel hubs.  The wheels were originally on an ammunition wagon; and when it was purchased, the owner stated it carried ammo in France in WWI.  Eventually, the wagon decayed, but the steel axle and sturdy wheels were salvaged.  The axle was shortened to give better proportion to the gun carriage.  The gun carriage is wood with steel along the top with steel plates on the trunnions (Exhibit 2).

 Cannon Stats 

Barrel length

40 inches

Tube Bore

3 inches

Trunnion Width

Approx 15 inches

Wheel Height

44 inches

Inside wheel to wheel

46.5 inches

Weight of Cannon

490 lbs

222 kgs




Shipwreck Iron Cannon

Shipwreck Cannon

 Philippine Shipwreck Cannon

Sold 7/25/2008

Original 1804 Iron Swivel Cannon 

1804 Russian Swivel cannon


This GREAT and historic piece is made of iron, with 1 3/4" bore and is 30.5 inches in length.

It has engraved crown with the letter P underneath and has never been in the sea.

It is in excellent condition for its age!

The cannon weighs 96 lbs. 

It is reported that this cannon was captured from the Russians by the natives around the time of the "Battle of Sitka" in 1804.

The Battle of Sitka (1804) was the last major armed conflict between Europeans and Alaska Natives, and was initiated in response to the destruction of a Russian trading post two years prior. The primary combatant groups were the native Tlingits of Sheet’-ká X'áat'l (Baranof Island) and agents of the Russian-American Company. Though the Russians' initial assault (in which Alexandr Baranov, head of the Russian expedition, sustained serious injuries) was repelled, their naval escorts bombarded the Tlingit fort Shis'kí Noow mercilessly, driving the natives into the surrounding forest after only a few days. The Russian victory was decisive, and resulted in the Tlingit being permanently displaced from their ancestral lands. The Tlingit fled north and established a new settlement on the neighboring Chichagof Island

 US Revolutionary War era Iron Signal Cannon

  Signal cannon   


Fantastic condition! 

Weight 17 lbs.  Length: 12 inches Bore: 7/8 inches

Muzzle Diameter: 3 inches

The wood display stand is included.

A large British Signal Cannon

With Lion Head touch hole and Crown with wreath.

Length: 32 inches

Bore: 2 inches

Weight: 65 pounds

Condition: Pristine


Tremendous and Very Rare Dutch 36 Pounder

Over 9 feet long and dated 1823!

French 32 Pounder Iron Cannon 

You will never see another one like this for sale in this perfect condition!



This extremely rare Dutch cannon that came off a French Naval vessel that is approximately 9 feet 3 inches in length and weighs about 7000 pounds!  Condition is pristine for an iron cannon this age. We can build a custom made naval carriage for this cannon out of South American Hardwoods if desired.

A "Working" Revolutionary War

 British Naval Cannon

"9 Pounder" on a Garrison Carriage!

A Very Rare Original British Carronade in "firing condition" with all accessories!









15 ¾” HIGH - 44” LONG  - THICK 3 ½”




 The estimated total weight of Barrel & Carriage is 1360 lbs.

This is an extremely rare find.  It is one of the few original British cannons that we have seen that is regularly fired today.  It comes with complete with all the accessories to fire a "smoke and noise" shot, but it should NEVER be used to fire any kind of projectile due to its age!


 2 Pounder British Iron Carronade

Fantastic condition from the late 18th or early 19th Century

      Includes excellent garrison type reproduction carriage with steel wheels!


Sorry for the quality of these preliminary photos.  This cannon is MUCH better then the photos show.

These British Carronades are extremely rare and almost impossible to find in this fine condition!

It has been professionally preserved and is NOT ship salvage.

Bore 2.52 inches

Length: 2.5 feet


The photos below are three shipwreck cannons we sold for only $3,750 US$!  That is for ALL three cannons!!!

Beautiful US Revolutionary War Iron Signal Cannon


Fantastic condition!  Weight 35 lbs.  Length: 14 inches Bore: 1.5 inches

The wood display stand is included.

Antique European Iron Hand Cannons - 15th Century or earlier!

Three Rare  Hand Cannons



Matching Pair of British Antique Cast Iron Naval Signal Cannons


Dating them from around 1890-1910. The cast iron barrels are 19" long and the bores are 1 1/2".

The wood carriages are 15" wide and 16" long and appear to be the originals.

The overall length of each cannon is 21 1/2 inches and they weigh 43 pounds each . These cannons have been plugged and are currently inoperable.


British Iron Cannon


2 pounder British Naval Deck Gun

We just acquired this small 19th century British iron cannon barrel that is approximately 3 feet long embossed at the breech with a crown.  It is most certainly a Falkirk cannon manufactured by The Carron Company. This cannon has been painted with silver paint but appears to be in fantastic pristine condition for an iron cannon underneath the paint.  It shows no weathering at all from being outside.  This paint can be easily removed.  It is located in the UK at this time.

Iron Cannon


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