• Twenty rooms: The private coll auction at Christies

    Sale 2857

    Twenty rooms: The private collection of the late Mrs Elias-Vaes

    27 - 29 April 2010, Amsterdam

  • Lot 383

    A BRONZE SHIPS CANNON 'LANTAKA'

    BORNEO OR BRUNEI, 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A BRONZE SHIPS CANNON 'LANTAKA'
    BORNEO OR BRUNEI, 18TH CENTURY
    The barrel cast with a medallion, mounted on a hinged swivel, on a modern wooden stand
    120 cm. long


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    In the waters around Borneo and Brunei both pirate and merchant vessels were equipped with various size bronze cannons. Most weighed under two hundred pounds, and many only a few pounds. Typically these guns were mounted on swivels, the smaller ones could be mounted almost anywhere including in the rigging. Medium sized cannon were frequently used in reinforced sockets on the vessel's rails. The heaviest swivel guns were mounted on modified gun carriages.

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