A Rare Dutch 4 Pdr. Bronze Cannon of The Groote Vischerÿ Enkhuizen
Lot 147W
A Rare Dutch 4 Pdr. Bronze Cannon of The Groote Vischerÿ Enkhuizen
Signed Wouter Wegewaert Me Fecit Enchvyoae, Dated 1653
Sold for £ 20,000 (US$ 27,737) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Rare Dutch 4 Pdr. Bronze Cannon of The Groote Vischerÿ Enkhuizen
A Rare Dutch 4 Pdr. Bronze Cannon of The Groote Vischerÿ Enkhuizen
Signed Wouter Wegewaert Me Fecit Enchvyoae, Dated 1653
Of tapering multi-stage form cast in relief with raised mouldings and with slightly flared turned muzzle, the mid-section with a band of foliage centred on a horned bearded mask at the top, a band of acanthus beyond, the first reinforced with the conjoined 'GVE' monogram of the Directors of the Great Fisheries above the date, the base-ring cast with the maker's details above the number '8', naturalistic dolphin lifting handles, cascabel formed as a bunch of grapes centred on acanthus, and plain trunnions below the centre line (the surface overall with light green patination over some old bruising and abrasions)
126 cm. barrel, 7.6 cm. bore

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Sotheby's London, Antique Firearms, Armour And Edged Weapons, 14 March 1978, lot 194 (one of a pair offered in the sale)

    Literature
    A.N. Kennard, Gunfounding & Gunfounders..., 1986, p.151. Wouter Wegewaert is recorded in Enkhuizen, The Hague

    '...The Groote Vischerij was the name of the fishing fleets of drifters that worked the Doggerbank and the Fladen Grounds of the North Sea for herring and cod. Sometimes over a thousand buizen ('busses' in English!) [sic.] followed the herring schools in the summer season and were easy prey for the Dunkirkers, and, at times the English. So the ship owners and managers of the major fishing ports, like Enkhuizen and Rotterdam, organised themselves into a league and commissioned their own protection vessels. These were nothing less than warships for patrolling near the drifter fleets.
    Only a few marked guns of this organisation remain as probably the larger part were not marked...' See Nico Brinck, 'Identification of the marks of the Dutch auxiliary maritime forces in the 17th and 18th centuries', Journal Of The Ordnance Society, Vol. 17, 2005, pp.47-47, fig. 12
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