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A DATED SILVER AND WOOD MODEL OF A FIELD GUN
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A DATED SILVER AND WOOD MODEL OF A FIELD GUN

GUANGXU ELEVEN-CHARACTER MARK, INCLUDING A DATE CORRESPONDING TO 1875, AND OF THE PERIOD; THE SILVER HALLMARKED WH FOR WANG HING

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A DATED SILVER AND WOOD MODEL OF A FIELD GUN
GUANGXU ELEVEN-CHARACTER MARK, INCLUDING A DATE CORRESPONDING TO 1875, AND OF THE PERIOD; THE SILVER HALLMARKED WH FOR WANG HING
Modelled as a rifled muzzle loading gun, with cast barrel and plain trunnions, on a silver-mounted wooden field carriage with elevating-screw and spoked wheels, with loading-rods
20¾ in. (27.4 cm.) long overall
Provenance
Presented to Rear Admiral Sir Christopher George Francis Maurice Cradock, KCVO CB RN (1862-1914).
Guy Cradock; and thence by descent to the current owner.

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The inscription on top of the barrel reads:
Guangxu yuan nian Jin Ling ji qi ju zhi zao, which may be translated as 'Made in Jin Ling Arsenal in the first year of Guangxu (1875)'.

The establishment of arsenals in China during the second half of the 19th century, such as the Jin Ling (Nanjing) Arsenal, was spearheaded by government official Li Hongzhang in the 4th year of Tongzhi, 1865. These projects were part of a larger effort to modernize China's military technology in what was called 'The Self-Strengthening Movement' (1861-1895). For further information see Harold M. Tanner, China: A History, From the Great Qing Empire through the People's Republic of China, Indiana, 2009, pp. 87-90.

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