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An Iron Carronade
An Iron Carronade

CIRCA 1800

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An Iron Carronade
Circa 1800
With tapering multi-stage black painted barrel with raised stepped mouldings, raised rectangular vent, moulded cascabel, cascabel-button and ring, and trunnions respectively cast with the letters 'F' and 'S' (surface pitted throughout): on later iron-mounted stepped four-wheel wooden carriage of naval type with wooden elevating block
28in. (71.1cm.) barrel, 2in. (5.7cm.) bore

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The carronade was first manufactured in 1778 by the Carron Iron Company at Falkirk in Scotland, and remained in service in many varied forms until the 1870s. Designed for short range naval engagements, it fired a low velocity hollow shot designed to cause maximum damage on impact with the side of a ship. See H.L. Blackmore, The Armouries of the Tower of London, I, Ordnance, p. 223.
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