Antique Whaling Harpoons & Cannons

Harpoon

(Above Harpoon has been sold, but we have another one for sale below!!)

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Antique Kongsberg 90 mm Whaling Harpoon Cannon 
This is a great restoration project at an excellent price!
 
Just listed 6/8/2014

Kongsberg 90 mm Whaling Harpoon Cannon for sale
 
Kongsberg 90 mm Whaling Harpoon Cannon for sale  Kongsberg 90 mm Whaling Harpoon Cannon for sale 
 
It is completely original, with all parts correct, and in very good condition except for the paint (which is the original from 1959), but it is missing the Harpoon!
 
 
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Kongsberg 90 mm Whaling Harpoon Cannon for sale
 
Kongsberg 90 mm Whaling Harpoon Cannon for sale
 
 It  was produced by Kongsberg Vapenfabrikk in 1959 in Norway.  
 
The Harpoon cannon serial number in 851.   
 
Below is another one we had for sale that is how this one will look when painted and a harpoon is added. 
 It was listed $29,995 US$. 
 Kongsberg 90 mm Whaling Harpoon Cannon for sale  Kongsberg 90 mm Whaling Harpoon Cannon for sale
 
      Kongsberg 90 mm Whaling Harpoon Cannon for sale
Price as it is:  $9,950 US$    
      
Crating and shipping is additional - or pick it up in Norway Free!

The two photos and drawings below are not of the actual harpoon or ship it was used on.
 
Kongsberg 90 mm Whaling Harpoon Cannon for sale  Kongsberg 90 mm Whaling Harpoon Cannon for sale  

Harpoon for sale

Very Rare First - Generation Swivel Whaling Harpoon Gun

By Wallis of Hull

 Flintlock Converted to Dual Percussion Hammers!

 Rare 1st Generation Whaling Harpoon Gun for sale

44 inches long x 7 3/8 inches wide  -  Circa 1800

Rare 1st Generation Whaling Harpoon Gun for sale

A rare and impressive whaling gun from the earliest period of firearm innovation in the fishing industry, this English Whaling Harpoon Gun is a stout and serious instrument that revolutionized whaling. Made by George Wallis of Hull, he is recognized as the first successful maker of the swivel-mounted harpoon gun, circa 1800. The author William Scoresby indicates this period to have been 1772-1792, while other later sources credit the invention to 1800-1815.

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When originally made, this Wallis gun had two flintlock hammers that worked off a single trigger, and have long ago been converted to two dual-percussion cap hammers, that would have lanyard triggers threaded out the locks to be fired simultaneously, ensuring the firing of the harpoon. With a full charge, it had an accurate range up to 40 yards. The name Wallis of Hull is on the iron barrel, amongst the heavy aged pitting, deep rust and signs of use under an old remnant of black oil paint. The left brass hammer compartment is marked “SHIP”.

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Owning a deadly presence, the gun barrel is a stout 30½ inches in length with a 2½ inch diameter with a 1¾ inch bore, while the overall harpoon gun is 43¼ inches, plus the split-shaft barbed harpoon with ring for line attachment. The English Society of the Arts had paid premiums to whale men and artisans in the 1790s and early 1800s for those showing innovation and improvement in the use of the guns and harpoons. When William Greener substantially changed the design and powder of this type of harpoon gun in 1837, the new styles became known as Greener guns. This older gun was kept in use during this period, as indicated by its conversion.

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We have  recently been advised by an authority on whaling guns, that this gun is likely the only example in a private collection.

 There may be at the most 5 examples (all in museums, except this one) worldwide that have survived. 
The later model Greener cannons, which are much more available, readily sell in the low to mid $20,000 US$ range.

  Also, please note that the base was built to hold the Wallis cannon in the middle and the two Brand shoulder guns, one on each side for display purposes. It can easily be adapted to just display this harpoon and is included in the sale.

Located in the US and delivered FREE in the USA too!  We can ship this Harpoon anywhere in the world!

Priced at only: $20,950 US$!

Very rare Wallis of Hull whaling Harpoon for sale

SWIVEL HARPOON GUNS: Swivel guns were introduced in the early 1700's, but were not practical. On later voyages, in the later 1800's, a heavy swivel gun was mounted in the bow of the whaleboat. A popular gun was called the Greener gun, invented and manufactured by William Greener of Birmingham, England. These guns fired large, heavy harpoons into the whale at a greater distance than was possible with a hand darted harpoon. These guns could also fire a large bomb lance into the whale. The Greener gun allowed a much heavier projectile than a shoulder gun. They had one drawback; the excessive recoil was transmitted to the relatively weak structure of the whaleboat. Swivel guns were intended to overcome problems of approaching whales in ice fields and to capture whales that could not be easily approached.




Note: The harpoon itself (shown above) is NOT included in the sale or available, but we have found a source for one antique now that is priced at $700 US$. This sale is for the complete gun as shown only - not the steel harpoon in some photos. One new reproduction could also be fabricated for it easily!
 

 

CC Brand #1 Whaling Gun with metal stock & one with wood Stock

Note: These guns are "Sold" 8/19/2014 and we want to buy more ASAP!  Please contact us if you have one or any Bomb Lances.

CC Brand whaling Harpoon #1 with steel stock for sale

This rare Whaling gun is in very good condition!  Two available now!

Christopher C. Brand changed the stock from solid metal to the hollow iron skeleton.

From then on the gun has been known as the Brand gun. It was made in three sizes:

The #1 had a bore of 7/8 inch and weighed approximately 23 lbs.

The various sizes were to accommodate various bomb lances.

The #1 gun, with a 7/8 inch bore, is the one most used for shoulder gun harpoons. 

CC Brand whaling Harpoon with woodl stock for sale

Note: Numerous additional photos are available on each item on this page on request.

We are looking to purchase more of these guns right now!

Last 19th Century Whaling Harpoon Bomb Lance

      19th Century gun and cannon fired  Whaling Harpoons available for sale  

Last one above like this! 1.25 inches in diameter!

Price is $550 delivered.

We are looking for more, so check back!

We have a large number of hand held whaling Harpoons & Bombs in stock.

SWIVEL HARPOON GUNS: Swivel guns were introduced in the early 1700's, but were not practical. On later voyages, in the later 1800's, a heavy swivel gun was mounted in the bow of the whaleboat. A popular gun was called the Greener gun, invented and manufactured by William Greener of Birmingham, England. These guns fired large, heavy harpoons into the whale at a greater distance than was possible with a hand darted harpoon. These guns could also fire a large bomb lance into the whale. The Greener gun allowed a much heavier projectile than a shoulder gun. They had one drawback; the excessive recoil was transmitted to the relatively weak structure of the whaleboat. Swivel guns were intended to overcome problems of approaching whales in ice fields and to capture whales that could not be easily approached.

 

   

    

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