A Fine Pair Of German Bronze Cannon Barrels
Lot 165
A Fine Pair Of German Bronze Cannon Barrels
Sold for £6,875 (US$ 10,843) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Fine Pair Of German Bronze Cannon Barrels
Circa 1530
Of tapering multi-stage form with raised mouldings, each finely cast and chased behind the turned and moulded muzzle with a scaled and rayed monster's head spitting fire against a punched ground, the second reinforce with spiral twists, the first reinforce of octagonal section, plain trunnions, hinged touch-hole cover (the other missing), and cascabel cast in relief as a lion's mask against a punched ground: on later bronze rampart carriages each with openwork sides signed 'Parker, Field & Sons, 233 Holborn, London' along one side, and bronze trucks pierced with circular holes (2)
45.5 cm. barrels, 1.7 cm. bores

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    The John Beardmore Collection, Uplands, Fareham, Hampshire
    Thence by descent

    For cannons with similar rayed monster-head decoration see Heinrich Mueller, Deutsche Bronzegeschuetzrohre 1400-1750, 1968, pp. 91 and 138

    Cf. A Very similar example sold in these Rooms, Antique Arms & Armour, 14 April 2005, lot 208

    Parker, Field & Sons are recorded at 233 High Holborn between 1841 and 1876. The company was Contractor to Ordnance from 1841, to the East India Company between 1841 and 1850, to the Hudson's Bay Company from 1843 to 1851, and were armourers to the Metropolitan Police
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