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    Sale 1963

    Maritime Art Including Fine Paintings, Nautical Antiques, Scrimshaw And Ship Models

    30 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 174

    A pair of 19th Century signal cannons

    Price Realised  

    A pair of 19th Century signal cannons
    cast bronze each with tapering two-stage barrel with cast relief decorations at muzzle and main body, indistinctly signed above the touch hole, swamped at the muzzle, plain trunnions and cascabel, and one touch-hole, on [later] wooden carriages of naval type with brass mounts on four wood wheels.
    15 in. (38.1 cm) barrel; 1 in. (2.5 cm.) bore. (2)


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    These cannons were purportedly taken on board the U.S.M.S. Northstar during Admiral Byrd's 1939-41 Antartic Expedition. It is further believed that the carriages and trucks are made from wood recovered from the U.S.F. Constitution and U.S.F. Constellation during their respective restorations.